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arrangement as it currently stands. The proposed committee will be a steering committee. Advertisements will be placed in the Canberra Times tomorrow, I believe, and on Saturday and the following Wednesday, calling for expressions of interest from interested community members. And that, Mr Speaker, is the beginning of an ongoing consultative process with respect to our policing arrangements.

Minister for Finance and Urban Services

MR CONNOLLY: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, has your attention been drawn to recent comments by Mr Collaery, on ABC radio, that Mr Duby's recent outburst regarding the judiciary could be explained by the fact that Mr Duby was "tired" at the time of those remarks? Does the Chief Minister agree with this assessment, and does he think that the Minister for Urban Services is competent to hold office, given that his judgment becomes clouded to such a great extent when he is, in the view of a fellow Minister, "tired"?

MR KAINE: Mr Speaker, the answer is no, I have not had those remarks drawn to my attention, but I am interested in Mr Connolly's coloured interpretation of them.

School Restructuring - Task Force

MRS NOLAN: Mr Speaker, my question is to Mr Humphries in his capacity as Minister for Education. Minister, when will the membership and terms of reference of the school restructuring task force be announced?

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, members will recall that late last year, as part of its consideration of the Hudson report on schools reshaping, the Government decided to establish a task force to examine the long-term restructuring of the government school system. I will shortly seek formal government approval of the task force's membership and terms of reference. I intend to propose to the Government a membership comprising an independent chair and representatives of the community, unions and the Government.

I can indicate briefly what I think the terms of reference will include: Early consideration, of course, of the placement of the Independent Living Centre currently at Macquarie Primary School; investigation of the States' approach to the structural problems confronting all school systems in Australia in terms of shifting and declining enrolment patterns; examination of proposals for a long-term school planning policy; and identification of possible savings resulting from a restructuring of the school system.

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