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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 8 Hansard (24 October) . . Page.. 1926 ..


Debate resumed from 21 September 1995, on motion by Mr Humphries:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 11.27 am to 2.30 pm


MR SPEAKER: Members, I inform you of the presence in the gallery of the Speaker of the Provincial Assembly of Sindh, the Hon. Ghous Bux Khan Mahar, MPA, who is accompanied by the Clerk, Mr Umrani. Mr Neil Bell, a member of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly and Opposition spokesman on health, is also present. To each of you distinguished gentlemen, welcome.


Charnwood High School

MS McRAE: Mr Speaker, I have a question for Mr Stefaniak in his capacity as Minister for Education and Training. Mr Stefaniak, last week you said in question time that Charnwood High School did not want supplementation to staffing to continue forever. That is perfectly reasonable. However, one of the options discussed by the school for its future required the amalgamation of Years 7 and 8, and 9 and 10. This option was rejected by the school because there was a need for a year's development work to occur, and you have refused to restore any supplementation for Charnwood. Minister, will you explain to this Assembly why even one more year's staffing supplementation was not offered to Charnwood to enable them to take up this option?

MR STEFANIAK: I thank the member for the question, Mr Speaker. I think Ms McRae would well know that supplementation is there for a number of reasons which I have gone into in the past. It was quite clear from the feeling of the meeting I attended that those present did not expect that supplementation could last forever.

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