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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 8 Hansard (23 August) . . Page.. 2522..


MRS DUNNE (continuing):

Simon Corbell, in his Simon says way, said, "I do not think it is appropriate for us to extend the consultation process. That was not the unanimous view of the people assembled in the courtyard outside last week, because when the same motion was put to them they unanimously agreed—

MR SPEAKER: Order! The member's time has expired.

Question put:

That Mrs Dunne's motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 7

Noes 8

Mrs Burke

Mr Seselja

Mr Barr

Mr Hargreaves

Mrs Dunne

Mr Smyth

Mr Berry

Ms MacDonald

Dr Foskey

Mr Stefaniak

Mr Corbell

Ms Porter

Mr Mulcahy

Mr Gentleman

Mr Stanhope

Question so resolved in the negative.

Personal explanation

MS MacDONALD (Brindabella): Mr Speaker, I seek leave under standing order 46 to make a personal explanation.

MR SPEAKER: Do you claim to have been misrepresented?

MS MacDONALD: Yes, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Proceed.

MS MacDONALD: Mr Speaker, during the debate on Mrs Dunne's motion, Dr Foskey quoted from email correspondence from my office to a constituent. However, she failed to include a vital paragraph of that correspondence. What she read was:

Karin is under the opinion that it would have been easier for schools proposed with closure and the surrounding communities if the consultation period had have run from later this year to early next year. The information collected could then have been thoroughly analysed and collaborated and announcements regarding which schools would close or remain open could then have been made in mid-2007, with some schools closing at the end of 2007.

However, she failed to include the words:

However, it is obviously not possible to go back in time and reverse the decision to run the consultation period from July to December 2006 and Karin believes that dragging this process out any further would only add to the angst of all involved. She believes that the schools and those involved with them deserve to know what the future of their school will be in a timely manner.


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