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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 7 Hansard (15 August) . . Page.. 2197..


MR MULCAHY (continuing):

which Fred was held by the large number of people who came into contact with him when we saw the wonderful roll up to farewell a great Australian and a champion of small business.

Schools-closures

Renewable energy

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (6.05): There are a couple of items I would like to address this evening. One of them is the difficult role that staffers play in this Assembly. From time to time I have noticed that members on the other side seem to think that I am some sort of Svengali, especially in the Humphreys government. I would just like to reflect on something that came to my attention the other day, a letter that appeared in the Canberra Times on 30 May 1990. It reads:

While Dr Willmot accepts (CT, May 29, p. 9) the community building role neighbourhood schools play, he argues, as the ACT's most senior education bureaucrat, for the abandonment of the concept.

Faced with a Government demand to cut education expenditure, his narrow argument is purely an economic one. The broader point often missed in the debate about threatened school closures is the non-education value that resides in the neighbourhood-school concept.

Canberra is characterised by its urban planning in which access corridors of pedestrian and cycle paths bypass busy roads and lead safely to neighbourhood schools.

Without the schools where is the need for access corridor? Here is another chance for the Alliance Government to sell off the character of the city to balance the books.

In the face of Dr Willmot's assertion that the neighbourhood-school concept is not universally accepted, we the majority want to keep both the concept and the character of our home.

That was signed by G Friedewald of Kambah and I just want to reflect on that. Someone pointed it out to me and said, "See, they are being hypocritical", but that is not the case. Mr Friedewald made an impassioned plea and I am sure he still holds those views today. It shows that even the best will of staffers is not always carried through and the best advice of staffers is often ignored. I commiserate with Mr Friedewald and his position. I would like to table a photocopy from the Canberra Times and a transcript, because the photocopy is a bit ordinary. I seek leave to table a copy of a letter from Greg Friedewald to the Editor of the Canberra Times, received 30 May 1990.

Leave granted.

MRS DUNNE: I table the following papers:

Copy of letter from Greg Friedewald to the Editor, the Canberra Times, received 30 May 1990, together with a transcript of the letter.


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