Page 302 - Week 01 - Thursday, 14 February 1991

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School Closures

MR WOOD: I direct a question to the Education Minister, Mr Humphries. We are pleased that he catches up on these things, but sorry that he cannot do it as soon as he should. On this question: Mr Humphries, will you give a commitment that the Government will not consider the closure of any more government schools?

MR HUMPHRIES: We are getting into the same exercise as we had, I think, yesterday. I indicated the answer to this very clearly to the Assembly last year. Obviously, the 10 weeks since the last sitting has not helped them find any new questions to ask, because I answered this question only last year.

Mr Kaine: Do not give them any morning tea breaks. They forget what they have learnt before.

MR HUMPHRIES: That is right. Obviously, they forget. However, for the benefit of those opposite, I will repeat once more that, beyond the plans announced by the Government, there are no intentions to close any further schools in the life of this Assembly.

Public Accounts Committee

MR COLLAERY: In view of the interest shown by the Opposition in Mr Humphries' expenditure on an exposition, my question is directed to the Leader of the Opposition, as chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee. My question of Ms Follett is: Have you not distributed throughout Canberra a letter, with your signature on it, that commences, "Dear North", or "Dear South", or "Dear Tuggeranong Resident, As your local representative in the Legislative Assembly ..."? Is this letter on Assembly letterhead? Does it not contain your name without the identification of your party? Has it used a characteristic colour? Will you undertake to inquire into the cost of these many thousands of letters that appear to have been sent out at public taxpayers' expense on Legislative Assembly letterhead?

Ms Follett: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: I do not believe that the matter that Mr Collaery refers to is in any way my responsibility as chairman of the Public Accounts Committee.

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