Page 322 - Week 01 - Thursday, 14 February 1991

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I note that the faculties that are having the greatest difficulty in satisfying newcomers are tourism and hospitality, electronics, community education, and management and business studies. I think that the Government needs to do some research, and we will do some research, into why there is such an increasing demand for that.

In conclusion, Mr Deputy Speaker, for the reasons that were outlined so well by Mr Wood, the Government is monitoring and will continue to monitor the performance of the TAFE, and the need to provide resources to it. We are, of course, into the three-year agreed funding arrangement; but we will constantly be reviewing the resources that are required in response to the community demand.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


MS FOLLETT (Leader of the Opposition): Mr Deputy Speaker, under standing order 46, I ask your leave to make a short statement.

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Follett. I understand that you wish to make an explanation.

MS FOLLETT: Thank you. During question time Mr Collaery, with all his usual innuendo, veiled threat and so on, alleged that I had in some way misused public resources in relation to a recent letter sent by me to some residents of Canberra. I am pleased to advise that it was the Australian Labor Party who paid for that exercise in total, for the paper, the printing - - -

Mr Kaine: Did they pay for the letterhead paper too?

MS FOLLETT: Yes, they did. They paid for the envelopes, the magnets, the folding, the enveloping and the postage. Absolutely no public money was used. Mr Deputy Speaker, further queries may be directed to the Secretary of the Australian Labor Party, ACT Branch, Mr Wedgwood.

Mr Jensen: Why did you use Legislative Assembly heading then?

MS FOLLETT: I had it printed.

Mr Collaery: Who gave you the right to print our letterhead?

Mr Moore: She has the right to use it as a member, for heaven's sake.

MS FOLLETT: I am a member.

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