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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 2 Hansard (6 March) . . Page.. 813 ..

Recently a small unit dedicated to the management of teacher recruitment has been established. The responsibilities of this unit include: marketing of the ACT government education system in the teacher training institutions; sharpening the focus of the teacher recruitment program to better target areas of need; building stronger links with the teacher training institutions; and, establishing training programs to skill current teachers in teaching in other areas.

8) The department maintains a range of statistics including age details and previous separations, which assist in monitoring retirements. Teachers and principals were included in the Whole of Government Retirement Intentions Survey. The data from this research and internal reporting is used to develop teacher recruitment and marketing strategies.

Bushfires-McLeod inquiry

(Question No 472)

Mr Smyth asked the Chief Minister, upon notice:

In relation to the McLeod Bushfire Inquiry:

(1) On ABC Radio on Friday 7 March it was reported that the NSW Inquiry (first hearing was on Queanbeyan that day) once completed would hand all documents over to the ACT Coronial Inquest and the McLeod Inquiry. It was then implied that meant that the McLeod Inquiry did not have to go into great detail in regards to the NSW issues if that was the case. The problem is that the NSW Inquiry will not return to Queanbeyan until August or September, this is at least two months after the due date of the McLeod Inquiry. Can you rule the implication on ABC radio as true or false;

(2) Can you confirm if Mr McLeod is closely looking at all the details in relation to the NSW fires which made their way to the ACT border and eventually joined with ACT fires to create the January 18 firestorm.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

1) The implication as aired on ABC radio on Friday 7 March is false.

2) It is the role of the ACT Coronial inquiry to examine and report on the cause, origin and circumstances of the bushfires and any other broader issues determined by the coroner to be relevant. The NSW and ACT Coroners will be working together over the course of the inquiries to examine the events leading up to the January bushfires. It is a matter for the ACT Coroner to determine how her inquiry will take into account the issues relating to the fires that began in NSW.

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