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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 13 Hansard (29 November) . . Page.. 5106 ..


how can you be sure that you are meeting the requirements of the WorkSafe enforceable undertaking or, indeed, your own policies?

MS BERRY: I will get some advice on that question. I recall the question; I recall signing it. However, information is collected at the school level, as is often the case with regards to individuals at schools. All the advice that I have on the implementation of the undertaking is that it is being implemented, and we will continue to do that.

MS LEE: Minister, how can you develop the alternative pathways apparently available for students with challenging behaviours if you or your directorate have no idea of the who, the what, the where and the when of school injuries?

MS BERRY: The issue is how the data is collected and whether it can be formatted in such a way as to provide the information that Ms Lee is after. With regard to how the directorate works with schools, the directorate and I consider the professional assessments that the teachers in the schools make around those particular students and their particular needs, how they can be met and how the undertaking is being implemented as a result of that process. I have every respect and value for teachers in our schools in being able to make those assessments.

MISS C BURCH: Minister, why did it take the directorate three hours to pull together two lots of reportable data off their records but answer only a third of the questions?

MS BERRY: I have not spent a lot of time with the individual who was providing the responses to that particular question on notice, but I expect that there would have been at least three hours work involved in pulling together that information to provide a response to Ms Lee.

Government—priorities

MS CHEYNE: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, can you outline to the Assembly why the government is so busy at this time of year?

Opposition members interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Members on my left, the Chief Minister has the call.

MR BARR: Thank you, Madam Speaker. Obviously, there has been a big and busy agenda of work throughout the year, and particularly through this week. I want to take the opportunity to thank members across the chamber for their tripartisan commitment to deal with a significant number of pieces of legislation through this sitting week, and indeed through the year. Most business that is transacted in this parliament is agreed by all parties. It does not get much media attention. I think that we are all aware that conflict tends to be what is focused on in terms of the reporting of this place. I thought that with this, the final question of the year, I would take a moment to thank all members.


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