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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 4 Hansard (6 May) . . Page.. 1105..

MS BURCH: Those environmental concerns will be consistent with the school policy.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Dr Bourke.

DR BOURKE: Minister, how have the upgrades to the schools been received by the community?

MS BURCH: There have been significant and extensive refurbishments at both Hughes primary and Calwell school, and they have been well received by the school community. At each school there has been an extensive consultative process with the communities, seeking their input into the physical environment and the design detail.

Visitors to Hughes Primary School have remarked on the quality of the newly created double teaching spaces. Parents have been delighted with the quality of the new classrooms, with many commenting that they are very happy that their children are learning in such an environment. Students at Hughes primary have also responded positively to the improvements. Some have said that they belong to the best school in the ACT.

The Calwell high community have overwhelmingly welcomed not only the refurbishment of the admin block and the landscaping of the gardens, but also the fresh paintwork and new carpets throughout the school. This does build a sense of pride in our schools and a positive learning environment.

Standing Committee on Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services—activities of chair

MR COE (Ginninderra): My question is to the chair of the planning, environment, territory and municipal services committee. It is with regard to the recent inquiry into the project facilitation bill. Chair, have you told Mr Corbell or any other non-committee members about the committee's activities?

MADAM SPEAKER: Just before I call Mr Gentleman, can I just cogitate on that for a moment. Just bear with me for a second.

Mr Smyth: Madam Speaker, standing order 116 states that questions—

MADAM SPEAKER: Yes, I know what the standing order is. I am just cogitating on this development. I am sorry, Mr Coe, but I have to rule the question out of order. The standing order says:

Questions may be put to a Member, not being a Minister, relating to any bill, motion, or other public matter connected with the business of the Assembly, of which the Member has charge.

If you are asking Mr Gentleman about the inquiry into the bill whose name currently escapes me but which we reported on this morning, Mr Gentleman, by reporting this

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