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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 9 Hansard (21 November) . . Page.. 2205..


Homeless Youth

MS TUCKER: My question is to Mrs Carnell as Chief Minister. I understand that you had a meeting with Mo Hughes regarding homeless kids in the ACT and generally in Australia. She was asking for support to lobby the Federal Government or for us to take some kind of action as local government. I am interested to know what your response was to her proposals and whether you are prepared to support them in any way.

MRS CARNELL: Thank you, but I am somewhat bemused by this question. I have to admit that it was given to me by one of my staff very close to question time. I have never met Mo Hughes and I have certainly never been down to her tent in Grevillea Park, as I read on the front page of the Chronicle. I have no more knowledge of this than I read on the front page of the Chronicle.

Griffith Preschool

MS McRAE: My question is to Mr Stefaniak in his capacity as Minister for Education and Training. Recently a request was made by staff at the Stokes Street preschool in Griffith to have a cubbyhouse either repaired or replaced. On inspection by your department, the structure was deemed to be beyond repair and was removed from the grounds of the preschool. Minister, can you inform me and the house who carried out the inspection, what qualifications that person had to perform the inspection, on what grounds the structure was condemned instead of being repaired, and when the cubbyhouse will be replaced?

MR STEFANIAK: I thank the member for the question. The short answer is no, at present. I think I heard something today on the radio about a cubbyhouse, but that is the first I have heard of it, Ms McRae. I will get some more information and get back to you on that one. I will have to take that on notice.

MS McRAE: Can I just confirm, then, Minister, that you know nothing about the removal of this cubbyhouse or the fact that it took four working days to remove it or what then happened? You know nothing about this? This is what you are telling the house?

MR STEFANIAK: I will find out what I need to find out about it, Ms McRae. I heard something on the radio about it and I do not believe I have any other information. I will find out as best I can and get you an answer to your question.


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