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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 13 Hansard (3 December) . . Page.. 4316 ..

MS TUCKER: I have a supplementary question. Thank you. That is an excellent answer. Congratulations.

Mr De Domenico: Thank you.

MS TUCKER: Could you also table for members of this place - - -

Mr Humphries: Where is his gold star?

MS TUCKER: I will organise that, Mr Humphries. Mr Humphries interjects that he wants a gold star for Mr De Domenico. I will be happy to organise that. Mr Speaker, I also ask the Minister to give members of this place, or the Greens in particular, further information about the nature of the contract and details.

MR DE DOMENICO: Yes, of course. I am delighted to be able to offer Ms Tucker, and anybody else who is interested, a full briefing on the whole issue, Mr Speaker.

Arawang Primary School

MS REILLY: My question is to the Minister for Education, Mr Stefaniak. Minister, can you inform the house as to what you have done to allay the concerns of the Arawang Primary School about school-based management outlined in the letter you received on 19 November?

MR STEFANIAK: I think that since 19 November we have had a debate about the issue in the Assembly, Ms Reilly.

Ms McRae: No, it was the same day.

MR STEFANIAK: Ms Reilly said "received on 19 November". In fact, I think it might have been the 20th. Anyway, as indicated in that debate, there are a large number of things occurring with school-based management. There are safeguards in terms of units in the department to specifically help any school that has any problems in relation to school-based management. There are help desks. There are people who can go out and assist the school in relation to any particular problems they are experiencing. That can include anything from assistance in terms of procedures to financial matters, if need be, if schools are experiencing some difficulties. So there is a very thorough system in place, Ms Reilly, in relation to helping the schools. Arawang Primary School, as they have indicated that they are having some problems, will be entitled to expect assistance from that. If that is not occurring I would certainly like to know.

MS REILLY: Can you assure the house that all schools will be able to implement school-based management in an effective and efficient manner which will not compromise the education of their children?

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