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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 5 Hansard (25 May) . . Page.. 2232..

(5) Are there any courses offered in the ACT for people who wish to become a teachers' aid, or is such a course unnecessary.

Ms Gallagher

: The answer to Mr Pratt's question is:

(1) The department does not employ "teachers' aids"but does employ school assistants in schools. At the end of March 2004, there were 485 (full time equivalent) school assistants employed.

(2) The ratio of teachers to school assistants employed fully or partially within classrooms at the end of March 2004 was 6.3:1.

(3) Applicants for school assistant positions do not require formal qualifications.

(4) No.

(5) There are no formal courses currently being offered in the ACT for school assistants. Relevant qualifications held by applicants for school assistant positions may be taken into account in selecting individuals for particular positions.

Breathalyser testing

(Question No 1451)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 1 April 2004:

(1) On average, how much funding is in the A.C.T. Policing budget for police to undertake breathalyser testing in Canberra each financial year;

(2) On how many occasions did police set up a breathalyser station to test drivers for drink driving in (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03 and (c) 2003-04 to date;

(3) How many Canberrans were tested for drink driving by a road side breathalyser unit in (a) 2001-02, (b) 2002-03 and (c) 2003-04 to date;

(3) Of those Canberrans tested, how many were above the legal prescribed concentration of alcohol (PCA);

(5) Of those whose reading was above the legal PCA, how many were provisional licence holders.

Mr Wood

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) ACT Policing does not have quarantined funding for breathalyser testing. Funding is allocated to the general traffic team within ACT Policing for a range of traffic control tasks, including breathalyser testing. The amount allocated to the general traffic team this financial year is currently $1,958,625. Breath analyser tests are also carried out by police from other teams from time to time (such as general duties police).

(2) ACT Police set up a breathalyser station to test drivers for drink driving on the following number of occasions:

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