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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 6 Hansard (18 June) . . Page.. 2023..


MS GALLAGHER

(continuing):

However, we have acknowledged that there is a disadvantage for those schools that did not have an ERI rating. Blue Gum was one of these schools. We have addressed their disadvantage and we are committed to treating, under the same funding process as we are treating Blue Gum, any other non-government school that establishes here in the ACT and does not have an ERI score.

I should say that the government has accepted this way of establishing a funding category in the interim, until the national agreements on school funding by Commonwealth, state and territory governments are finalised.

Mr Stanhope

: I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Personal explanation

MR STEFANIAK

: I seek to make a personal explanation under standing order 46.

Leave granted.

MR STEFANIAK

: Mr Corbell is clearly in need of a history lesson in relation to Kippax Library, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER

: Order! Whatever you might think about Mr Corbell is not up for debate or discussion. You have leave to make a personal explanation. If you do not stick to that, I will ask you to sit down.

MR STEFANIAK

: There have been a few inaccuracies.

MR SPEAKER

: Mr Stefaniak, stick to the personal explanation.

MR STEFANIAK

: It is pretty simple, Mr Speaker. In 1994, the Follett government made a decision to close the Kippax Library. I was there attempting to save it. we did that-getting extra hours and providing money in the 2001-02 budget for what is happening now.

MR SPEAKER

: Order! Mr Stefaniak, if there is a personal matter you wish to raise under standing order 46, you have my leave. However, if you breach the requirements of the standing order, I will withdraw leave.

MR STEFANIAK

: He said I did nothing. By way of personal explanation, Mr Speaker, you were there in the capacity of a member in 1994. I supported the continuance of that temporary library, which had then been going for about 14 years, when the Follett government wanted to close it in May 1994.

In 1995 I persuaded my colleague the then Deputy Chief Minister, Mr De Domenico, to increase the hours of operation, which I believe he did-by about two hours. I was in the cabinet of the Liberal government when we finally got back into the black in the 2001-02 budget, when we started a process for a new library and put $100,000 aside for the initial plan.


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