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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 2 Hansard (18 February) . .

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Opposition members interjecting—

DR BOURKE: Point of order, Madam Speaker. It is—

MADAM SPEAKER: No. I have given you the opportunity to attempt to rephrase the language in accordance with the standing orders.

DR BOURKE: I was responding to the baiting from the other side.

MADAM SPEAKER: You do not need to do that; that is my job.

DR BOURKE: Minister, are there other industries where the expansion of this scheme could be of benefit?

MADAM SPEAKER: I will allow that.

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Dr Bourke for his question. My understanding is that there are other industries that are interested in looking at the scheme. In terms of further expansion, I would be happy to hear from them, but we will not be announcing any decisions today.

At the end of the day, as I have repeated, the portable long service leave scheme is about fairness. It is about workers not being disadvantaged simply because of the changing nature of the Australian workforce. We are keen to work with them.

Mr Barr: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Schools—maintenance

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo) (3.29): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) that last year there were several incidents with faulty gas, wiring and electrical equipment in Canberra schools that required evacuation and the attendance of emergency services;

(b) research published in The Canberra Times in September 2014 indicated that many ACT public schools are at capacity or will reach capacity within a few years making overcrowding and hot classrooms even more of an issue; and

(c) that, during 2014, the ACT Branch of the Australian Education Union (AEU) expressed concern that too many ACT public schools were without sufficient cooling in classrooms, meaning that on days of extreme hot weather students and staff were forced to work in temperatures above published AEU guidelines; and


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