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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 5 (Hansard) 16 May) . . Page.. 1364 ..

MS REILLY: I ask a supplementary question. I hope that you are more concerned with a broader range of things than just the cancellation of sport. Given that school boards have finally won the right to form part of the selection panel that chooses a new principal, how will that very important function be performed now that you have sacked the school boards?

MR STEFANIAK: I think the member is really using the wrong word when she says "sacked". I have indicated what I am advised has happened. It goes back to the industrial bans. Here we have just another effect of the industrial bans. Ms Reilly might like to have a little chat to the Australian Education Union and see whether they would lift these bans so that things like this just do not happen.

Roadworks - Drakeford Drive

MR OSBORNE: My question is to the Minister for Urban Services, Mr De Domenico. Minister, you will recall that 12 months ago I asked you a question in relation to the state of Drakeford Drive and when it would be resealed. Without quoting Hansard, I recall that you said something along the lines that the problem with the road was due to it being sealed at the wrong time. You said that the road needed to be repaired in the hotter months. My question is this: Why is it that 12 months later Drakeford Drive has not yet been finished and that the lanes have not been marked? Drakeford Drive is one of the major thoroughfares, if not the major thoroughfare, in and out of Tuggeranong. Why is it that it has not been marked and is not finished, and why is it that your department has chosen to place so little importance on this project? Is the delay a result of the cutbacks that were announced yesterday in the Urban Services Department?

MR DE DOMENICO: I thank Mr Osborne for his question. The answer to the last part of his question is no. It has not been as a result of the so-called cutbacks in the urban services public works budget.

Mr Berry: So-called! Fourteen point two million adds up.

MR DE DOMENICO: It was Mr Osborne who asked the question, not Mr Berry, Mr Speaker. Mr Berry should be reminded of standing order 61. On my information, the only thing that has not been done is the marking of lanes. As someone who drives up and down that road at least twice every day, Mr Osborne, I am aware of the fact that it is nearly finished; that the road surface is a heck of a lot better than it was 12 months ago. I can assure you that when the lanes can be marked they will be. I will find out exactly when that is going to happen and I will let you know.

MR OSBORNE: I ask a supplementary question. Why has it taken so long to repair what is one of the major thoroughfares in and out of Tuggeranong? You were put on notice when you were asked about it 12 months ago. Why has it taken so long and why is it not finished yet? From memory, it was resealed only a couple of months ago. Why has it taken so long?

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