Page 1338 - Week 04 - Tuesday, 5 April 2011

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MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Le Couteur.

MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, will the government consider adjusting the medium-scale tariff if monitoring of the scheme indicates that it is undersubscribed?

MR CORBELL: It has always been the government’s approach, and the legislation provides for review of price settings should that be required, and that remains the government’s position.

Schools—child protection policy

MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Education and Training. Minister, your department carries a policy called “Child protection and reporting child abuse and neglect in public schools”. Under that policy, principals of schools are required to act to protect children and young people from harm. Minister, what specifically does this policy require a principal to do?

MR BARR: I thank all people who are engaged in employment in the Department of Education and Training and are working in schools. They have responsibilities under that legislation to mandatorily report incidents that are brought to their attention. I do not have that paper in front of me. I could get it and read it out to members. I am happy to do so if that answers Mr Coe’s question but I do not have the detail of that, other than to know that there are mandatory reporting requirements that are in legislation and staff members, including principals and teachers, have responsibilities and obligations under that legislation. Can I recite it for the member for Ginninderra now? No.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Coe, a supplementary?

MR COE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Firstly, Minister, yes, I would appreciate that. Further, is the principal of the Murrumbidgee Education and Training Centre at the Bimberi Youth Justice Centre required to comply with that policy? If not, why not?

MR BARR: Yes, all members of staff are required to comply with that policy.

MR SPEAKER: Supplementary, Mr Doszpot?

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, what have you done to satisfy yourself that procedures are in place at the Murrumbidgee Education and Training Centre to ensure compliance with all mandatory reporting processes and procedures?

MR BARR: These matters were the subject of a particular discussion last year with staff members at the centre.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Doszpot.

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