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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 7 Hansard (17 October) . . Page.. 1716..


MR STEFANIAK (continuing):

As to the question of the level of fees, this is a matter for those colleges that decide to participate. They are not being forced to, as I said, and this is not a black-and-white issue. With the number of colleges participating, I would imagine that the fees will not be as dramatic as you think they may be or as your informant has led you to believe.

MR OSBORNE: I ask a supplementary question, Mr Speaker. As it appears that new students are in trouble, what will happen to those students who have started a two-year package in 1995? Will the Government guarantee them continuity in regard to their fees to the completion of their course?

MR STEFANIAK: Certainly, in relation to that matter, I think the colleges are very aware that there will be people continuing their courses, and that is an issue for them to determine. I cannot guarantee anything in relation to that; that is a matter for the colleges. They are certainly well aware of that issue.

Milk Authority - Bottle-Washing Equipment

MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, my question is to Mr De Domenico, the Minister for Urban Services. Some three or so years ago there was a breakdown in the bottle-washing equipment of the Milk Authority and it took some months to fix. What management plan was fixed in place, following that last breakdown in the bottle-washing equipment of the Milk Authority, to deal with future breakdowns? Since, whatever that management plan was, it did not work, what management plan is now going to be put in place to deal with the situation in the future?

MR DE DOMENICO: I thank Mr Moore for his question. In answer to the first question as to what management plan was in place then, I do not know but I will find out and let him know. The second question asked what management plan is in place now. My understanding is that there was some breakdown in the machinery. We want to make sure that the people responsible for maintaining that machinery, if there is a contract for it, pay for the fixing of the machinery. In turn, if the machinery needs to be revamped, it will be revamped if we continue to provide milk in bottles.

MR MOORE: I ask a supplementary question leading on from the last part of that answer. Minister, can you guarantee that the Milk Authority will bring back milk in bottles and not use this as a backdoor way to get rid of providing milk in bottles? Do you agree that, before our fully reusable and recyclable glass bottles go, the current Milk Authority should go?

MR DE DOMENICO: Mr Moore, let me say that I will guarantee that this episode will not be used by the Milk Authority in a roundabout way to attempt to remove milk bottles. I can give you that assurance. As to the last part of the question, Mr Moore, you and I could talk about what we might do with the Milk Authority if it were not set up the way it is now.


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