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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 09 Hansard (Wednesday, 17 September 2014) . . Page.. 2765 ..

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

MADAM SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Mr Harry Evans

Condolence statement by Speaker

MADAM SPEAKER: I wish to advise members of the recent death of Mr Harry Evans, former Clerk of the Australian Senate. He was a prominent Canberran who will be remembered for his fierce defences of the Senate as an institution, the rights of individual senators and of the value of parliamentary democracy. As a mark of respect to the memory of Mr Evans, I ask all members to rise in their places.

Members standing in their places—

MADAM SPEAKER: I thank members.


MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo) (10.02): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) recent research has shown that many ACT public schools are at capacity or will reach capacity within a few years;

(b) that same research indicates that capacity issues are most evident in the north and inner south;

(c) the Labor government closed 23 schools in 2006-2007, with five of those schools located in the north and inner south;

(d) the Education and Training Directorate response to claims of over capacity indicates a lack of medium to long term planning with the most common solution being increased use of transportable buildings;

(e) that adding to the pressures of capacity is the fact that the majority of ACT schools are already over 40 years old;

(f) that several schools have had recent incidents involving faulty wiring and switchboards;

(g) the additional concern of teachers at the absence of heating and cooling in many of our schools; and

(h) the Labor Party’s 2012 election promise to commit $70 million to upgrade and maintain public school infrastructure which is yet to be delivered; and

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