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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 10 Hansard (6 December) . . Page.. 2731..


MR MOORE: I have a supplementary question, Mr Speaker. I see that the Minister is going to continue in ignorance. He certainly did not attempt to answer my question; he just went on with the same ignorant push that he was going on with before.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Ask your supplementary question.

MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, that is what I am leading to. The Minister in his reply talked about two Auditor-General's reports. In fact, the first Auditor-General's report was the subject of criticism by the Public Accounts Committee. The Public Accounts Committee, I believe, is currently looking at the second Auditor-General's report on this. I hope that the Public Accounts Committee will take this issue into account. The Minister should make sure that he knows whether or not these classes are being taught together. Does he know, or does he not?

MR STEFANIAK: Mr Moore asks a question in relation to some classes which are combined. I am aware that some classes are combined. He also mentions the Public Accounts Committee looking at it. I await with interest their response.

Ms Follett: We have been waiting for ages for your department's submission; I can tell you. We got it today, months late.

MR SPEAKER: Order!

MR STEFANIAK: You have it, have you not? Have a look at it. It is good to see that the Leader of the Opposition now has that. I will await with interest their response. In some colleges a number of classes are, effectively, I suppose you could call them, combined classes; they are similar, I suppose, to the Years 3 and 4 classes. The numbers were taken into account in those two very important reports which have been placed before this Assembly. Despite what Mr Moore says, the fact of the matter is that our colleges are well staffed. Our colleges do have a large number of individual small classes. They have a wide range of subjects. There are two Auditor-General's reports which we cannot completely ignore, as the Opposition stated it would when it was in government.

Schools - Sport and Physical Education Programs

MR BERRY: My question is directed to the Minister for Education and Training. I would draw Assembly members' attention to the earlier brilliant performance by Mr Kaine in his introduction to a dorothy dixer. It is very easy to see that Mr Kaine is on the way up. Minister, noting in particular your commitment to sport in our education system, along with the slashing of the education budget, will you confirm that the sport programs in our secondary colleges are now going to be cut as a result of your policies and your inability to keep promises and to fund education properly? Will you confirm that those sport programs that you hold on high are now going to be cut because of the way that you are dealing with your portfolio?


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