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Tuesday, 5 June 1990


MR SPEAKER (Mr Prowse) took the chair at 2.30 pm and read the prayer.


Greenhouse Gases

MS FOLLETT: My question is directed to Mr Kaine as Minister for the environment, especially as it is World Environment Day. Can he tell the Assembly what are the major greenhouse gases produced in the ACT and what has his Government done about them, particularly since his statement in the Assembly on 26 April?

MR KAINE: Mr Speaker, I am not a scientist and I do not know what the particular gases are but, as I have indicated in our environment policy statement and as will be mentioned in the statement that I will be making later today in terms of implementing that policy, the Government has that matter under control and will take whatever action is within its power to prevent the use and dissemination of those gases in the ACT.

Ministerial Responsibility

MR MOORE: My question also is addressed to the Chief Minister. Last Tuesday in question time I asked about the criteria applied to Mr Duby and Mrs Nolan with regard to resignation from their positions. With reference to Mrs Nolan - and it is in the Hansard - you replied, "I did not apply any criteria to Mrs Nolan. She chose to resign her position". Would you answer yes or no: did you request Mrs Nolan's resignation?

MR KAINE: Mr Speaker, no, I did not.

Educational Standards

MR WOOD: Mr Speaker, I direct my question to the Minister for Education. Since he is so keen about cost-effectiveness, I take it the Minister has read a statement by Dr Peter Price about the exceptional productivity of ACT government schools. He said:

One of the best indicators of the output quality of our system is the success of Year 12 graduates

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