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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 8 Hansard (27 June) . . Page.. 2296 ..

Mr Berry: You will be out there, planting glass in bottles.

MR DE DOMENICO: Mr Speaker, I will not take up the interjection from that dill over there.

MR SPEAKER: Please do not. It is an imputation as well. Order! Mr De Domenico is answering the question, which may surprise some people.

MR DE DOMENICO: In terms of the direct question asked by Mr Wood - I realise that he said that it was a draft policy - it will be the Government, not the Milk Authority, that decides. If the Government needs to change the Milk Authority, it will so do.

MR WOOD: I have a supplementary question, Mr Speaker. I wanted to hear what the Government view was, and I thank the Minister for that. Minister, you would be aware that the uncertainty about the supply of milk in glass bottles appears to be producing a decline in demand for it. Are you satisfied that your statements will remove that uncertainty and will allow the bottles to continue to meet that demand, which may now well rise.

MR DE DOMENICO: If I understand Mr Wood's supplementary question correctly, the Milk Authority will be able to meet the demand of the consumer. The Government will continue, as I said, to provide milk in glass bottles as long as we can guarantee the consumer that, when they open the bottle, all they will get out of that bottle is milk - not glass, kerosene, detergents, snails or anything else that can get into milk bottles. The answer to the question, Mr Wood, is that the demand will continue to be met, whatever that demand is.

School Without Walls

MR HIRD: My question is to the Minister for Education and Training, Mr Stefaniak. Minister, on Tuesday, Ms - I hope I got that right - McRae raised concerns during question time about the future of the School Without Walls. Since even the Canberra Times has reported that there has been quite a bit of concern from students about a review currently taking place at SWOW, can the Minister outline to the parliament just what the review is for and whether the school is in any danger of closing because of this review?

Mr Moore: While you are at it, answer the question in the letter I wrote to you.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Stefaniak is answering the question, not other members of the Assembly.

MR STEFANIAK: Thank you very much, Mr Speaker. I thank Mr Hird for the question. It does give me an opportunity to report to the Assembly on the progress being made in the consultation about the future of the School Without Walls.

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