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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 10 Hansard (4 September) . . Page.. 3058 ..

MR HUMPHRIES: I think that is an option. There are a number of ways in which people can be given payments. I assume, of course, that they want payment for a weapon handed in. Members may have heard Mr Bob Musgrove on the radio this morning, a firearms owner who handed in a weapon. On the basis that he had not paid for the weapon when it was given to him some years ago, he did not ask for compensation. I must say that that kind of public spirit is very rare these days in a sort of gimme gimme society. I am very pleased that there was that kind of approach. Most people do want payment for their guns. I think it is quite reasonable to expect to make that kind of alternative arrangement for payment, and I will raise it with the Treasurer to see whether there is some means of actioning it for those who would like to take advantage of it.

School Without Walls

MS FOLLETT: I have a question without notice to the Minister for Education, Mr Stefaniak. I refer also, Mr Stefaniak, to the report of the review of SWOW. Minister, given your apparent blind determination to move SWOW out of their existing premises, is it not the case that you plan to use SWOW's existing premises at the former Ainslie Infants School - a lovely building close to town - to house education bureaucrats from the O'Connell Centre at Griffith? Is it not the case, Minister, that this move has far more to do with real estate and with office accommodation than it does with providing quality educational alternatives for Canberra's students?

MR STEFANIAK: In relation to the second part of your question about quality education and real estate, no. In relation to what is going to be done with the building, no final decision has been made in relation to that, and I would not expect one to be made for some time.

MS FOLLETT: As a supplementary question, Mr Speaker, I ask Mr Stefaniak where he plans to house the southside campus of SWOW.

MR STEFANIAK: There is one further point which Ms Follett may not be aware of, although I hope she is. The building currently occupied by SWOW, the old Ainslie building and the primary school there are heritage buildings. I think that point needs to be made. As I indicated earlier in answer to one of the other questions from the Labor Party, Mr Speaker, the question of where the southside SWOW is going will be considered. The most appropriate place for that particular building is being considered now.

Disability Services - Support Packages

MR MOORE: My question is directed to Mrs Carnell as Minister for Health and Community Care. I gave you some notice of the background of a constituent who was on a disability package. Now that you have moved to a purchaser-provider model, will you guarantee to index such packages for disability to the CPI?

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