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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 27 November 2014) . . Page.. 4192 ..


MS GALLAGHER: Yes, it does. VMOs are more expensive per hour than staff specialists. So I do not think we need to accept the line that VMOs are cheaper. They are not.

Education—school chaplaincy program

MR DOSZPOT: My question is directed to the minister for education and relates to school chaplaincy services. Minister, independent schools have been provided with information as to how they apply for funding for 2015 for the school chaplaincy program. Have public schools been similarly notified, and how do they apply?

MS BURCH: Schools across the independent, Catholic and public school sectors have been notified of the process for applying for the chaplaincy program for next year.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, why are the application guidelines for schools that are supposed to be on the ETD website not there?

MS BURCH: It is my understanding that the guidelines and correspondence are being sent directly to government schools and through the Catholic Education Office and the AIS. If they are not on the website, I will check with ETD and make sure they are there.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, why is there such a short application period, and guidelines not yet widely available, when applications close on 8 December?

MS BURCH: Guidelines have been provided to each school, but the short turnaround time was because negotiations with the commonwealth demanded it. They had a take it or leave it approach. They demanded that every school had to apply, that it had to be open. Those negotiations were only just recently finalised. We got a panel together. The panel got the guidelines together. We have moved as quickly as possible for the chaplaincy program in 2015.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, do you support the school chaplaincy program across public, private and independent schools?

MS BURCH: Schools across all three sectors have been invited to apply for the chaplaincy funding in 2015.

Water—Point Hut pond

MS LAWDER: My question is to the Minister for the Environment and relates to filtration ponds, including the Point Hut pond. Minister, the Point Hut pond was


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