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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 4 Hansard (18 April) . . Page.. 1050 ..

MR MOORE (continuing):

the appropriate status they should have in the community - and that means in terms of salaries. It is time you reviewed the offer made to teachers. As far as I am concerned, it is a completely inadequate offer.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Relevance, Mr Moore. We are debating voluntary contributions.

Mrs Carnell: It is better than the one you endorsed.

MR MOORE: It is certainly not, Chief Minister.

Mrs Carnell: It is. It is better than the one you endorsed.

MR MOORE: The Chief Minister suggests that it is better than the one I endorsed. I have not endorsed any as such. I suggested that something go out to teachers some time ago, before a whole series of things changed. Anyway, I do not believe that it is better than that. An offer went out.

At least the Government is up front with reference to recommendation 13. At least it says, "The Government does not accept this recommendation". Its response is not covered up by verbiage. That recommendation recommends the development of a fund to finance core high school and college elective subjects, to be financed by schools on the basis of their enrolments, with a weighting for socioeconomic factors. Because this Government does not recognise that they are very important or vital parts of education, we continue a process that has occurred in the last 10 or 15 years of winding back education in real terms. It has been wound back and back. At least Labor out of government recognises that the situation has gone far enough. At some point we have to draw the line. I understand - - -

Mr Stefaniak: On your theory, Michael, they are really responsible for that. Who has been in power for 10 or 15 years?

MR MOORE: It will be very interesting to see whether they have a different attitude to you when they are in government again.

Ms McRae: We supplemented every time there was a teachers salary rise.

Mrs Carnell: No. What about the last one?

Ms McRae: We did so.

Mrs Carnell: You did not.

Ms McRae: We would have, if we had been in government, Mrs Carnell. That is rubbish.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Ms McRae, you will have a chance to speak, if you wish, on your feet, not by interjection.

MR MOORE: Thank you, Mr Speaker, for protecting me.

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