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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 9 Hansard (21 November) . . Page.. 2206 ..

Griffith Preschool

MR WHITECROSS: Mr Speaker, my question is to Mr Stefaniak in his capacity as Minister for Education and Training and again relates to the removal of a cubbyhouse from the Stokes Street preschool, which Mr Stefaniak knows nothing about but which is apparently described in the Department of Education and Training as "the bungle".

Ms McRae: I thought they were talking about Mr Stefaniak, Mr Whitecross.

MR WHITECROSS: Yes. Will the Minister, in investigating this, confirm that the cubbyhouse was made of white asbestos cement sheeting? Will the Minister advise the house, in providing further information, why the decision was taken to remove the cubbyhouse, who authorised it, whether staff or students were endangered in the removal of the cubbyhouse, and whether any assessment has been made subsequently about that? Will the Minister also advise us whether anyone from the department consulted Urban Services about government guidelines for the removal of asbestos cement structures?

MR SPEAKER: I call you, Mr Stefaniak, if you can remember all those questions.

Mr Kaine: Be careful, Bill. This is the one that will bring the Government down if you do not get it right.

MR STEFANIAK: You never know, Trevor. Stranger things have happened. Mr Whitecross, again I will take on board the questions you have asked, get some information, and get back to you with appropriate answers.

MR WHITECROSS: I put a supplementary question to the Minister. Will he also ask the department how an incident which can be described in his department as "the bungle" is not the subject of a question time brief?

MR STEFANIAK: You raise some very interesting questions, Mr Whitecross. I will certainly be asking a number of questions in relation to this. I am intrigued by this matter.

Mrs Carnell: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.


MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General): Mr Speaker, I hope to move off important issues like cubbyhouses and on to other matters like legislation. Pursuant to section 6 of the Subordinate Laws Act 1989, I present subordinate legislation in accordance with the schedule of gazettal notices for a determination and regulations. I also present a notice of commencement for section 4 of the Motor Traffic (Amendment) Act 1995.

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