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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 9 Hansard (16 September) . .

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MS BURCH: Again, I thank Mr Doszpot for the interest in this question. The condition assessment reports are undertaken every three years at every school. That is what leads to the priority of our schedule of repairs. Where incidents like this happen and we identify that it is a user fault, not a system fault—and we are quite confident—we go and talk to the maintenance operator and make sure that the staff they bring in understand our systems and equipment to make sure that it does not happen again.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, are all ACT schools fitted with earth stake electrodes or an earth leakage circuit breaker, which are required for ACT homes when new circuits are connected or electrical switchboards are replaced?

MS BURCH: I have to confess that I have to take that one on notice, Mr Wall.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, what confidence can parents and teachers have that all schools have been properly assessed in respect of current electrical and fire safety standards and that ACT schools are in fact a safe place for our children?

MS BURCH: I thank Mr Wall for his question. Parents can have confidence that our schools are safe, and I will come back to that answer as soon as I can, Mr Wall. When faults are identified, we have quite a forensic investigation to make sure that we identify what it is—whether it is a failure, whether it is a faulty piece of equipment, or whether it is something that is just unique to that site, in which case we will deal with it on that site. If it is something that could be connected to other pieces of equipment then we certainly go out to those other pieces of equipment and investigate it. If it is a user fault, we do all the training and preparation that we need to do for staff on site—the maintenance managers within the school and more particularly the contractors that come in to our schools.

Transport—light rail

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Minister for Capital Metro. Minister, why is the government committed to building light rail before releasing the final business case, and will any changes be made to the business case before it is made public?

MR CORBELL: The government has determined to proceed with the project because we have considered and endorsed the final business case. That is the right way about; I am not quite sure how Mr Smyth envisages these decisions are made. We have considered and endorsed the final business case and given approval for the project to proceed to the procurement stage.

In relation to the release of the final business case, the government has committed to a transparent release of as much information as possible—

Members interjecting—


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