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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 5 Hansard (13 May) . . Page.. 1388..


MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, how are relief teachers in the ACT supposed to conform to TQI requirements to maintain their professional development obligations? How would they be eligible for funding for professional development through the education directorate?

MS BURCH: The TQI has responded to a number of casual teachers who have these questions. It is 20 hours of professional reflection, or 100 hours over a five-year period. That can be accessed through ETD's strong schedule of programs on the professional development calendar. It can also be achieved by activities within the school. It can also be achieved through self-reflection. Make no mistake that the professionalisation of teachers is highly supported by the profession itself, and that includes mandatory professional development.

Construction—Hewatt Earthworks

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Treasurer. Treasurer, last week Hewatt Earthworks, a contractor on the Majura Parkway, went into voluntary administration. What other ACT government projects is Hewatt Earthworks involved with?

MR BARR: They have a small number of other projects, including Horse Park Drive in Gungahlin, but I think that that is basically at a practical completion. There are eight other contracts, Horse Park Drive being the largest one. The government holds securities over all of these. Six have been completed and are in the defects liability period.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: What impact will Hewatt Earthworks going into administration have on these eight other projects, and will you now table the list you were reading from?

MR BARR: Limited impact, and I am happy to table, in the fullness of time, once we have completed our discussions with the administrators, the status of each of those projects.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Treasurer, what steps have been taken to ensure that the costs of these other projects do not blowout as a result of Hewatt Earthworks going into administration?

MR BARR: They are bonded projects, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Treasurer, when was the ACT government made aware of the challenges facing Hewatt Earthworks?


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