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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 6 Hansard (23 May) . . Page.. 1679 ..

MR STEFANIAK: Obviously, this issue is not helped by school bans; but the reason the Government is going through this process, the reason we have a section of the department doing a lot of work on it and the reason there is consultation and will be further consultation with the community is that we want to get this right. In a large number of instances overseas there have been problems. In New Zealand some of the matters about which people have voiced concern in relation to how school-based management will operate have caused problems, especially in areas where some schools are completely different from others or where school communities are in different socioeconomic brackets - all those sorts of factors. But it was interesting, Mr Wood, that when I spoke to several primary school principals and high school principals I met they all, to a man and a woman, said that they would not go back, despite a few problems they had. We can learn from their experience, and we are learning from the experience of other States and other countries that have school-based management. Those things are being taken into account. That is why we are engaging in an extensive consultation process. That is why there will be further developments this year and further consultation with the school communities, especially in relation to issues such as resources.

ACTION - Services

MS TUCKER: My question is to the Minister for Urban Services, Mr De Domenico. In a media release put out last week, Minister, you stated that 99.5 per cent of ACTION services turned up on time. On face value that sounds pretty good; but, when you think about it, you realise that 0.5 per cent of services is a lot of services. Can the Minister inform the Assembly of the total number of bus runs that service Canberra every week, the total number of bus runs that fail to turn up and the total number of bus runs that run late, and why?

MR DE DOMENICO: Mr Speaker, I wish I had a memory that would enable me to do that. I will take that question on notice and get back to Ms Tucker as soon as I possibly and humanly can.

MS TUCKER: I ask a supplementary question. I know that you have a problem with this, but this is relevant to the question. The fact that 0.5 per cent of services do not show up every day - - -

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I think that Ms Tucker has a second question to ask. Mr De Domenico has taken the whole of the question on notice. Clearly, all Ms Tucker can do is rise to ask that other things be taken on notice as well. If that is the case, it is really a second question rather than a supplementary question.

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