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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 05 Hansard (Tuesday, 22 August 1995) . . Page.. 1220 ..


MS McRAE: Mr Speaker, I ask a supplementary question. Mr Stefaniak, will this procedure be followed at your instigation for every student whenever they are dissatisfied with their scores?

MR STEFANIAK: There is a procedure in relation to people who are dissatisfied with their scores, Ms McRae.

Mr Wood: And you did not follow it.

MR STEFANIAK: I followed the advice of the department. There is also the Board of Senior Secondary Studies, with whom I am in contact. The board has also made a number of recommendations, and we have had discussions in relation to how future situations can be handled, if there is any need for review of procedures. That is ongoing. As I said, it is a very complex issue which has been handled, I believe, as sensitively as possible by my department.

Student Assessment

MR CONNOLLY: Mr Speaker, my question is also to the Minister for Education. You seem to have said in this place now that you have undertaken an extraordinary process, different from the normal process of appeals in relation to assessment, on an individual student's dissatisfaction with the assessment procedure. You consistently say that you acted on advice. Will you table that advice, although I would qualify that request for the advice by saying that we would not expect you to table identifiers for the student and the school? We would demand that you table the advice that you claim justifies your setting up special and extraordinary procedures apart from the normal assessment appeal process.

MR STEFANIAK: I do not know what the member is talking about in terms of “special and extraordinary procedures”, Mr Speaker. We have a difficult situation here which my department was working through. I am quite happy, Mr Connolly, rather than tabling documents here, to let the chief executive officer provide a personal briefing to you and any other members of the Opposition who might be interested in it, on the basis of strict confidentiality, because of the persons involved, and to walk you through the whole process. I think maybe you have got your wires crossed a little.

Graffiti

MR HIRD: Mr Speaker, I address a question to the Deputy Chief Minister, Mr Tony De Domenico. Could the Minister briefly outline what the Government is doing to deal with Canberra's graffiti problems and litter problems? How does this approach compare with the previous Government's action, or lack thereof?

Mr Berry: You were prodded into action again.

MR HIRD: You would know, Mr Berry.


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