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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 5 Hansard (5 May) . .

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Mr Hanson: Ms Lawder's question was about the efficiency of our hospitals. I would ask the minister to be directly relevant to why our hospitals are so inefficient rather than talking about federal funding that was never in any budget.

MADAM SPEAKER: The minister has gone to the same answer in relation to four separate questions. This was a question about whether efficiency would lead to shorter waiting times. I will uphold the point of order and ask the minister to be directly relevant. However, the member's time has expired.

Schools—autism

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the minister for education. Minister, on what date did the education directorate become aware of a cage-like structure that was constructed inside a Canberra public school?

MS BURCH: I thank Mr Doszpot for his question. My office became aware of a complaint to the Children and Young People Commissioner on the Thursday before Easter. I am sorry; I do not have the date in my head. My office was advised of what that complaint was on the Friday, and that structure was removed. I sought advice on the Monday, sought further advice on the Tuesday, took the Wednesday to provide notice to the families of children at that school—

Mr Hanson: A point of order, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: A point of order. Stop the clock.

Mr Hanson: The question asked by Mr Doszpot was: on what date did the directorate become aware of a cage-like structure? The point of order is on relevance. The minister's response is about when her office found out and what happened subsequently. I would ask the minister to be directly relevant and to answer the question: on what date did the directorate become aware of a cage-like structure?

Dr Bourke: On the point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: On the point of order.

Dr Bourke: The minister has only had 40 seconds of her four minutes. I am sure she will be getting to it shortly.

MADAM SPEAKER: I will remind the minister to be directly relevant. The question was a specific one. My notes say "on what date did the directorate become aware". So while the minister may add other information to that, it would be useful if she could answer that question directly.

MS BURCH: In answer, I became aware that the directorate was aware on the Thursday and Friday. This is also part of the internal review that will involve some of these details, and until that is concluded and I am able to report back to the Assembly I will just leave it at that.


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