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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 13 Hansard (Wednesday, 1 December 2021) . . Page.. 3958 ..

MS BERRY: Again, I refer the member to my previous two answers on this matter. The Australian Education Union released survey results in August. The ACT government agreed to set up a task force and is working in partnership with the Australian Education Union to understand the issues that have been presented in the survey results. The ACT Education Union has supported that. They have asked for it. We are doing it. We take these issues very seriously and we have shown how seriously we take them by setting up this task force immediately.

Mr Hanson: On a point of order, Madam Speaker, the question is not whether the Australian Education Union is happy with what the government is doing; the question is how often are classes being split in schools? It is a simple answer. If the minister does not know, that is fine.

MADAM SPEAKER: Can you go to the detail, minister.

MS BERRY: Yes, Madam Speaker, I can, and I will say again that the purpose of the task force is to understand those issues.

Opposition members interjecting—

MS BERRY: It is very funny. I am answering the question by saying that is what the task force is doing. That is what the Australian Education Union has done, representing their teachers—

Opposition members interjecting—

MS BERRY: Madam Speaker, on a point of order, I am being badgered by at least three members of the Canberra Liberals when I have provided an absolutely honest response to the question they have asked—that is are unpacking that information through the task force. I get that everybody is a little bit tired towards the end of the year, but seriously.

MADAM SPEAKER: I remind members about being orderly.

Mrs Kikkert interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mrs Kikkert, that is enough.

Gungahlin—swimming pool

MS CASTLEY: My question is to the Minister for Sport and Recreation. Today, 1 December, is the day you promised that Gungahlin’s 50-metre pool would open. I had said on radio that I would throw a party to celebrate. Minister, the pool is still closed. Will Gungahlin’s 50-metre pool open in January for the summer holidays? Yes or no?

MS BERRY: No, Madam Speaker, it will not open. Ms Castley is well aware—

Opposition members interjecting—

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