Page 1657 - Week 05 - Wednesday, 1 April 2009

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It is terrific to see that this return to public education has at its heart a return in the early childhood years; so we have particularly strong results for government preschools and kindergartens. That augurs well for the future. It augurs very well for the future of public education.

A strong public education system underpins a strong ACT education system. There cannot be a strong ACT education system without strength in the public system. This result today, as determined by the schools census and as determined by the parents and students of Canberra, is a strong vote of confidence in public education.

I congratulate each and every ACT public school on their efforts to contribute to this. Each and every school principal has played a significant role in what is a renaissance for public education, backed by a record amount of ACT government investment and done against a backdrop of total opposition for opposition’s sake from the Liberal Party—a group who characterise all of the government’s expenditure on public education as throwing good money after bad. That is the constant mantra of the shadow minister for education throughout this debate. That was one element of community response—(Time expired.)

Alexander Maconochie Centre

MR HANSON: My question is to the Minister for Corrections. I refer to the minutes of site meeting 61 for the Alexander Maconochie Centre, dated 22 January 2009. This document states:

The meeting also noted the rectification of Security System item 2.6 (System Hierarchy) will be set aside for completion after the Prison has been handed over to the Territory.

The minutes also state that the defect will be fixed before either May 2009 or December 2009. I seek leave to table the document.

Leave granted.

MR HANSON: I table the following paper:

Minutes of site meeting 61 for the Alexander Maconochie Centre, dated 22 January 2009

Minister, has security system 2.6 been fixed and, if not, when will it be fixed?

MR HARGREAVES: Mr Speaker, it had been my intention, and I intend to fulfil that intention, to clarify—that is the wrong word—to expand on the response I gave to Mr Hanson in respect to 2.6 at the conclusion of question time, and I am happy to do that. But in respect to his specific question, he is quoting from a document which he got under FOI. I think there were about 600 pages in that request. He is quite within his rights to request that, and I respect that. However, it has been quite some time since I saw that document and, quite frankly, I do not trust him to quote it properly, so I will have to go back and have a look at it before I can respond.

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