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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 10 Hansard (15 September) . .

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Let me give you just one example: the Power Saving Centre here in Canberra. It is a local commercial and residential solar installation business. It has grown its work force from two to 22 in less than two years. That is just a great example of that growth in the renewable energy sector here in the ACT. I have talked about the investments being made by Windlab. They will grow their workforce from around 20 to 80 over the period of the feed-in tariff entitlement for them, their wind farm project.

The French company, Neoen, that I mentioned earlier, have established their Asia-Pacific wind business here in the ACT. They are going to be training their staff for the maintenance of wind farm projects here in the ACT. Those students are going to be staying here in the ACT, they are going to be spending money here in the ACT and they are going to be bringing more business to the ACT as a result. So these are great outcomes for our city and they demonstrate what can be realised through effective policy.

We have also seen a number of other companies sign on to support the government's renewable energy industry development strategy, which I released earlier this year. Companies like Siemens, like General Electric, like Vestas, are all investing and committing to this policy as well. (Time expired.)

Schools—autism

MR WALL: My question is to the Minister for Education and Training. Minister, did any specialist staff of the directorate visit the school in question whilst the cage was in place?

MS BURCH: I refer to the information that is available online on that. The school had access to the NSET team. Again, without going back through that, the school had access to the NSET team. The NSET team was aware of the challenging behaviours of this young one, but the principal herself did not utilise or access the full supports that were available to her. I find this structure to be completely and absolutely unacceptable. I said that in April, I said it in May, June, July, August and September, and I will continue to say it.

Mr Coe: Point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: A point of order, Mr Coe.

Mr Coe: Madam Speaker, the specific question was: did any specialist staff of the directorate visit the school in question whilst the cage was in place. It is not whether they had access to the specialist staff but whether specialist staff did, in fact, attend the school during that period.

MADAM SPEAKER: I uphold the point of order and ask the minister to be directly relevant to the question.

MS BURCH: Madam Speaker, I am answering the question in that the NSET team regularly provides support to this school and other schools in the network, but this decision was that of the principal alone.


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