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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 5 (Hansard) 16 May) . . Page.. 1363 ..

MS HORODNY: I ask a supplementary question that the Minister might like to take on notice as well. Given that ACTEW is now operating as a corporatised business enterprise - - -

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I would suggest, with respect, that Ms Horodny is asking a second question. A supplementary question must flow from the answer to the first question. If Ms Horodny wanted to ask a question about - - -

Mr Moore: If he did not know that, he might not know this either.

Mr Humphries: If Mr De Domenico had given some particular detail from which a question flowed, certainly a supplementary question would be justified; but Mr De Domenico has taken the whole question on notice. Therefore, there can be nothing else that Ms Horodny can ask - except, "I want some more information". In that case she should have asked that as part of the first question, not as part of a supplementary question.

MR SPEAKER: I will have to uphold that point of order.

School Boards

MS REILLY: Mr Speaker, my question is for the Minister for Education.

Mr Berry: You will not get anything out of him either.

MR SPEAKER: Order! I think Ms Reilly will be the judge of that.

MS REILLY: I have great hopes that he will answer the question. I am an optimist. I obviously have not had enough experience here. My question relates to the continuing industrial dispute with teachers and its consequences on schools. This dispute may not be as high profile as the non-collection of ACTION bus fares and the non-payment of parking fees, but the effects of this dispute are far more devastating. Bearing in mind the key role that school boards play in the school system, in circular 30/96 why have you acted to sack every school board and nominate the school principal to fill that role?

MR STEFANIAK: I thank the member for the question, Mr Speaker. I have been advised that a circular was sent out to principals telling them that they can act as school boards - that is, make decisions boards would make - because some boards cannot be constituted because teacher members are not going to board meetings. That is just one little result of industrial bans in the education system that is severely affecting our children's education. Already we have seen interschool sport, drama productions, camps and other things cancelled as a result of the bans. This is just one more thing that has occurred. I am hopeful, now that we seem at least to have a foot in the door in the Industrial Relations Commission, that the end to the bans might be in sight. Parents and students are getting thoroughly sick of them.

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