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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 7 Hansard (18 October) . . Page.. 1804..


MR DE DOMENICO: It is such an important issue, Mr Speaker. This Government, unlike the former one, does not believe in answering - - -

Mr Berry: Can't you go to two yeses or noes?

MR SPEAKER: Order! The Assembly was very quiet when the first two questions were being answered, but there seems to be a great deal of verbal graffiti flying around now.

MR DE DOMENICO: Mr Speaker, we are not like the previous Government, which did nothing about the removal of graffiti. Who can ever forget Mr Berry on television saying that graffiti was invented only after 18 February 1995? There was no graffiti when Labor was in government; it occurred only when the Liberal Party took office!

Mr Berry: Tell us what ANZECC stands for. Gary is writing it down for you.

MR DE DOMENICO: As distinct from your simplistic view of life, Mr Berry, this Government has a coordinated approach.

Mr Berry: Mr Humphries has passed the note over to you. Now read it and tell us.

MR DE DOMENICO: In direct answer to your question, I point out that Mr Humphries and I have in fact liaised very closely about the graffiti problem.

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, this is about catching Ministers out. The other Minister has given him the answer. We cannot catch them out if we have such goings-on.

MR DE DOMENICO: I have not asked Mr Humphries to refer it to the committee that Mr Berry alluded to, but certainly I shall have further discussions with Mr Humphries. If Mr Humphries wants to bring it up, he will.

MR SPEAKER: There is nothing in standing orders that prevents that, Mr Berry, as you well know.

School Curricula Support

MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, my question is addressed to Mr Stefaniak as Minister for Education. Can the Minister explain how it is that he could indicate in a briefing recently that he would provide curriculum support for physical education and sport at the same time as removing such support from other more complicated areas such as English as a second language and Aboriginal studies?

MR STEFANIAK: As I think Mr Moore realises, over the last few years there has been a major emphasis on developing curriculum frameworks and student profiles. Those were completed last year, and they are widely used by schools in the development of their curriculum documents. There is no longer a need to have central curriculum expertise for each of the eight key learning areas. A refocusing of the curriculum expertise will


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