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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 13 Hansard (14 December) . . Page.. 4177..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

position". Threat to the long-term financial position? The press release refers to Health's "control over, and reporting of, employee liabilities and associated expenses". This is reported as a long-term threat to the government's financial position. What does the Auditor-General's report say? It says that these issues have been addressed. Here we have this shadow Treasurer extraordinaire.

Then we go on to TransACT, the third of the issues. The press release says:

... it was found that TransACT's non-compliance in providing audited financial results on time resulted in an adverse qualification on ACTEW Corporation's financial audits ...

These are decisions taken by the board of TransACT. Actew is a minor shareholder. We have one of the smallest shareholdings of this public company. TransACT has no control. It is a minor shareholder; it has no control. (Time expired.)

MS MacDONALD: Mr Speaker, I have a supplementary question. What solutions did the shadow Treasurer propose to fix the problems he outlined in his media release? Can the Treasurer say if these solutions are sustainable?

MR SPEAKER: That is out of order.

MR STANHOPE: What a pity. The answer is none.

Schools—closures

MR PRATT: My question is directed to the Minister for Education and Training. It relates to an earlier question on the $54 million Kambah school. Your answer was, "I want to see the status quo in the Kambah area continue."Minister, yesterday with the unveiling of the government's revised Towards 2020 plan, you announced plans to build a $54 million school—that school—on the site of Kambah high school.

What evidence did the government glean from the six-month consultation that supported such a proposal? What impact will the building of the school have on the remaining schools left in Kambah—Mount Taylor primary school and Urambi primary school?

MR BARR: Yes, during my extensive consultations regarding the proposals in Kambah there was a strong view that, were we to move ahead with the closure of Kambah high, we would look at providing an alternative education facility on that site. I held quite a number of discussions with various P&Cs, with the SRC at Kambah high, with the principals and with other stakeholders in that area and there was a particularly strong emphasis on the fact that, were there to be a decision to close Kambah, we would look at providing a new education facility on that site.

I announced yesterday that we would go out and further consult on a new P to 10 facility on that site, and that we would seek to engage with the community about how that would work. I said that what has been provided at West Belconnen, the design around the new Harrison facility and what is on offer in Amaroo would be a starting


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