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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 6 Hansard (14 May) . .

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MR DOSZPOT: Minister, what are you doing to address a growing number of organisations expressing no confidence in you as minister?

MS BURCH: There has been one group. It was the AEU. That has certainly been put in the public domain. I refer those opposite to an interesting editorial in the Canberra Times. I think I actually agree with the Canberra Times in this instance. They feel that the union have overstepped the mark and gone a tad too far. They have broken one of the golden rules by letting emotion get in the way of a good deal.

I will meet with the P&C. My office is making contact to arrange for that meeting and I will sit down and listen to them. But, first and foremost, there is an $800,000 investment on the table for enhanced facilities at Telopea school. I know that many other schools would welcome the investment of $800,000.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, why is it that you refuse to stand up for the Telopea Park School retaining the land in the same way that Mr Barr did in 2008?

MS BURCH: What I will do is make sure that we deliver on the $800,000 investment in Telopea school and make sure that that school community is supported. There are a number of families in that community that are actually looking forward to an $800,000 investment because their children do not play tennis and they would seek to enhance the sporting facilities through an $800,000 investment.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, why did you not consult with the Telopea Park School community during the lead-up to the decision that was taken? Why do you still refuse to meet with the school community and what communication has your office or directorate had with them over this period?

MS BURCH: Yet again it is the set question; they do not listen to the answer beforehand. In response to a question a minute ago, I said my office is in contact with the P&C. We are arranging a meeting; I will meet with them.

Mr Doszpot: Madam Speaker—

MADAM SPEAKER: You already asked your question without notice.

Mr Doszpot: I have asked the question, but the minister has not—

MADAM SPEAKER: No. This is question time. You have had your question, Mr Doszpot.

Mr Doszpot: The minister has not answered the question, Madam Speaker.

Ms Burch: How many times do you need to be told, Steve?


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