Page 683 - Week 02 - Thursday, 6 March 2008

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of time in Flynn the other day. Ms Porter said that no-one has come to her and said anything adverse about the school closures at Flynn and, I think, by extension, in Cook. But I do not want to misrepresent her.

I think she must have blanked out any adverse comments. When I ran my catching up with the community stall in Flynn—not in a neighbouring suburb; actually in Flynn—the other day, I had residents come to me and say that they had raised with Ms Porter their concern that she had not stood up for the community sufficiently and their rights, and that they were unhappy with her support for school closures and were unhappy that she did not support the Flynn community sufficiently.

One of the people who raised this with me was quite unhappy with Ms Porter. He said to me that when he raised this matter with her she said, by way of response, that she had actually managed to get a lot of paths around Flynn fixed, broken footpaths fixed, and surely that was enough of a demonstration of her commitment to the community. I am afraid it did not actually wash with the residents that I was speaking to in Flynn the other day.

It was interesting to listen to Ms Porter last night because she finished with a rather extraordinary and full-blown endorsement of the school closures policy by saying that she was proud to be associated with the policy and was proud to be associated with the Stanhope government who had been so innovative. I challenge Ms Porter to take those words and circulate those words in Flynn and in Cook, to go into those suburbs and say the things that she said in here about how proud she was to be a part of this policy and say it amongst the people who are so adversely affected by school closures.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 6.55 pm until Tuesday, 1 April 2008, at 10.30 am.

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