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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 10 Hansard (6 December) . . Page.. 2732..


MR STEFANIAK: In answer to the current Deputy Leader of the Opposition, who would like to be, I am sure, Leader of the Opposition, let me say that he keeps reading the papers. He reads things such as, "Fifty more teaching positions to go" and "There will not be any teachers in colleges for running intercollege sport". You should not believe what you read in the papers, Mr Berry, especially when it comes from, say, the AEU. The AEU obviously has a position. It is going into an enterprise bargaining situation and is making some pretty outlandish claims. It is very bad form by the AEU even to suggest that it would be looking at interfering with intercollege sport or any of the other most useful programs that are in our college system. It is interesting that you keep pushing the AEU line in what is the start of an enterprise bargaining position, Mr Berry.

MR BERRY: I have a supplementary question, Mr Speaker. I recommend that he have a talk to the principals. They might let him know a bit about what is going on. My supplementary question is in relation to Mr Stefaniak's oft-said commitment to sport. What action is he going to take to ensure that sport and recreation courses in secondary schools continue? What action are you going to take? Do not blame somebody else. Tell us what you are going to do. Will you also give a commitment to this Assembly that no teachers will be compulsorily transferred as a result of cuts to the sports programs?

Members interjected.

MR SPEAKER: Order! The question has been asked. Now let us hear the answer in silence.

MR STEFANIAK: Mr Berry may not be aware of this, but health, PE and sport are one of the eight key learning areas and - - -

Ms McRae: At colleges? He is asking about colleges.

MR STEFANIAK: They are an important part of the Thursday activities program in colleges. In fact, that is when the intercollege competition is usually played. It is interesting that a person who has been a Sport Minister seems to have such a thing against sport.

School-based Management

MR WOOD: My question is directed to Mr Stefaniak, the Minister for Education and Training. The question relates to the comments being sought from the school community about school-based management. I am not asking this question about school-based management. Mr Stefaniak is looking at his file and he is going through it alphabetically. If he pulls out the school-based management page, it will not answer the question.

Mr Whitecross: He is going to read it anyway, Bill.

MR SPEAKER: Order!


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