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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 3 Hansard (29 March) . . Page.. 766..


MS GALLAGHER (continuing):

action to seek to minimise or reduce the effect of this legislation on people here in the ACT. Every cent we spend on it will be worth while.

MR MULCAHY: Mr Speaker, I have a supplementary question. What legal advice have you received on the constitutional validity of the ACT's challenge and the probability of it failing?

MS GALLAGHER: We will hardly sit here and go through the detail of the legal advice that the government may or may not have received on this matter.

Opposition members interjecting-

MR SPEAKER: You are not required to answer this. It is a request for a legal opinion.

Mr Seselja: No, it's not. It's asking what legal advice she's received-not for a legal opinion.

Mr Mulcahy: My words were: what legal advice have you received on the constitutional validity of the ACT's challenge and the probability of it failing?

MS GALLAGHER: You would know that.

Mr Seselja: She's happy not to answer it.

Mr Mulcahy: It is not asking for her to express an opinion.

Mr Seselja: One hundred per cent no chance. I'll give you some free advice-100 per cent. I could have saved you a lot of money.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, order!

Mr Seselja: Are you still ruling on this, Mr Speaker, or have you ruled?

MR SPEAKER: If you want to ask a question, now is the time to do it.

Education-outcomes for boys

MR SESELJA: My question is to the Minister for Education and Training. Minister, I refer you to comments made on ABC radio by Menslink CEO Richard Shanahan when he said in relation to the 2002 Martin report:

A report was released in 2002 stating serious concerns around, that a significant minority of boys are not achieving well in the education system and that even across all subjects, boys overall are getting somewhat behind in most subjects in terms of achievement.

That report is all about responding to those concerns in a productive way and that the Government hasn't actually responded to the Report and that to me shows a lack of commitment to boys education.


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