Page 749 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 1 April 2008

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construction activity at the school during term time. That was appropriately managed. Other play areas remained available. That work is now complete and we have renewed infrastructure.

Mrs Dunne: Answer the question about Southern Cross. You have got 45 seconds.

MR BARR: In relation to Southern Cross, that school will operate for the rest of this school year and will become an early childhood school in 2009. I have no advice one way or the other. That is the first time I have heard that allegation.

Mrs Dunne: Why don’t you find out?

MR BARR: I will check that allegation. Mrs Dunne has made an incorrect statement to the Assembly. I expect her to come back here and rule it out. I do not know whether such a statement was made. What I will say in this place now, to shut the monkeys opposite up, is that that school will operate as normal throughout the rest of this school year and that the significant work that is required will occur during the school holiday period.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Barr, you should refer to members of the opposition by their titles.

MR BARR: Sorry, Mr Speaker. I withdraw the insult to monkeys.

Mr Pratt interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Mr Pratt, you are on a warning, remember.

Schools—Lyons primary

MR STEFANIAK: My question is to the Minister for Education and Training. One of the options following the early closure of classrooms at Lyons primary school is to transfer the 85 students currently at Lyons to other schools. Minister, what other schools would those students be transferred to and what classrooms would be available at any new schools for those Lyons students?

MR BARR: The premise of Mr Stefaniak’s question is wrong. Those students will be continuing their education at Lyons primary school.

MR SPEAKER: Is there a supplementary question?

MR STEFANIAK: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, what plans have you made for the considerable disruption to the other schools resulting from the closure of any classrooms at Lyons?

MR BARR: There will be no disruption. The premise of Mr Stefaniak’s question is wrong.

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