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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 10 Hansard (4 September) . . Page.. 3055 ..

MRS CARNELL (continuing):

special needs or not. There is certainly no ambition by any of the managers of our houses to somehow move stuff that would normally be purchased from central stores into food money, but such things as normal cleaning materials do come out of food money, just as they would in any other residential accommodation.

The fact is that normal things like Ajax and disinfectant, those sorts of things to clean floors, come out of the housekeeping money. Extra things, things that are, I suppose, specific for the needs of the people with disabilities - such things as disposable gloves, aprons, masks and so on - come from central stores. If a house needs more than would normally be the case - of such things as disinfectant - the manager of the house asks Disability Services to do an assessment of that house. The assessment is done. If that assessment indicates special needs, or a client with special needs, then extra stores are made available. It is that simple.

School Without Walls

MS REILLY: My question is to the Minister for Education. In the report on the review of SWOW - I have read the report, Minister - it was noted:

Over time - - -

Mr Stefaniak: What page are you quoting from?

MS REILLY: I did not write down the page. I am afraid I cannot report word by word. I will quote from the report, without a page reference, I admit:

Over time the student profile at SWOW has changed: while there is still a core of self-motivated students, the majority of SWOW enrolments are high school aged students who have a range of social, behavioural and learning needs quite different from earlier SWOW cohorts.

You have mentioned the duty of care in relation to high school students. If it is the needs of high school students that are to be met by the relocation of SWOW, why is this program being moved to a college, and in particular Dickson College, when the students of that college were heard to openly admit on ABC radio the other day that marijuana is being smoked on those school premises?

Mrs Carnell: It would have been more surprising - - -

Mr De Domenico: If it had not been. That is right.

Mr Berry: Mrs Carnell seems to think it is okay. She said it would be more surprising if it had not been smoked.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Stefaniak has the floor, Mr Berry.

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