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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 11 Hansard (23 October) . . Page.. 4093 ..


schools and that people are supported in a way that makes sure that our schools are great places to be.

MRS KIKKERT: Minister, when did you first become aware that incidents involving attacks on teachers and support staff were increasing?

MS BERRY: As I said, I was appointed as education minister and it was brought to my attention by the Australian Education Union in my first meeting with them.

MS LEE: Minister, is reporting 34 times in a six-month period worthy of a better response than "put a bandage on it"?

MS BERRY: It is unacceptable for any worker in this town to go to work and be injured, and that is why the government has implemented the occupational policy and plan to ensure that our school staff, just like any other workers, get the chance to go to work and come home safely.

This is not a simple, easy issue to address overnight. It is a complicated and complex issue with competing rights that we need to address to ensure that everybody gets the same chance.

Opposition members interjecting—

MS BERRY: Madam Speaker, on a point of order—

MADAM SPEAKER: Members opposite. Mr Hanson, I think this morning I warned a number of you.

Mr Hanson: Madam Speaker, the minister said "point of order". What is the point of order?

MADAM SPEAKER: The point of order is your continued interjections.

Mr Hanson: How do we know that?

MADAM SPEAKER: I am telling you that as far as I am concerned—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: You are warned, Mr Hanson. Stop the clock, please.

Mr Gentleman: On the point of order, I ask that Mr Hanson withdraw the terminology "bad boss". It is inappropriate.

Opposition members interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, it is a reflection on her capacity as a minister, I believe. So I ask you to withdraw.


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