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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 4 Hansard (3 May) . . Page.. 1165..

MS MacDONALD (Brindabella) (5.57), in reply: I thank members for their contribution. I will be less than five minutes.

MR SPEAKER: It is almost 6 o'clock.

MS MacDONALD: I will be less than three minutes.

MR SPEAKER: You will indeed.

MS MacDONALD: Yes, I will indeed. I thank the minister and Mr Smyth for their comments. It is a pity that the crossbench did not want to come down and speak on this matter because it is an important one.

I note the comments made by Mr Smyth. There were some glaring errors in the things he said and a little bit of leaving out of important facts in some of the things he said.

Mr Smyth: Name one.

MS MacDONALD: Mr Smyth, you need to keep in mind that the program that was cut when Mr Corbell became minister for education would have lined the pockets of a very prominent person. I do not deny that the person who runs that program is very prominent, and I like the man quite a lot. It was questionable as to what would be delivered by that program. You glided over that a bit. I do not think that you touched on it at all. I thank members for getting up and supporting the spirit of the motion.

Motion agreed to.

At 6.00 pm, in accordance with standing order 34, the motion for the adjournment of the Assembly was put.


Private Jake Kovco

Tasmanian mine disaster

Overseas peacekeeping forces

MR PRATT (Brindabella) (6.00): I rise to commemorate the passing of Private Jake Kovco. I do not know whether this has been done—I was absent yesterday—but if it was I apologise. Personally, I put on the record my commemoration of his life and his passing. Private Jake Kovco was a member of the 3rd Battalion, parachute, of the Royal Australian Regiment. At least we know the general circumstances in which he died. Clearly he died in the line of duty.

I pass on my condolences to his wife and his little children—they are small—his parents and his family and the commanding officer and the soldiers of 3RAR. This man's death and the circumstances illustrate the dangers of service. We have men and women from this country serving in the line of danger.

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