Page 2331 - Week 06 - Wednesday, 22 June 2011

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I want to be very clear on this: we have never suggested or supported poor record keeping. We are not suggesting that teachers should be any different in accountability for their attendance at their workplace. We are simply asking that common sense prevail and that this should not have dragged on for years. Why was this not attended to when you first became aware of it in 2007, Mr Barr? That was a long time ago. To have this problem—

Mr Barr: No, it was an audit of that financial year conducted more recently than that, Mr Doszpot.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Barr.

MR DOSZPOT: The audit that is referred to by you and the union is a 2007 audit that—

Mr Barr: The 2007-08 financial year, conducted afterwards.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Barr, thank you.

MR DOSZPOT: Thank you, Mr Barr.

Mr Barr: You cannot conduct an audit in the year before it is finished, Mr Doszpot.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Barr, I have asked you. Do not force me.

MR DOSZPOT: Thank you, Mr Barr. I guess we could go back to 2005 as well and you will say the same thing there. But that was not your fault, of course. That was somebody else’s. I understand that.

Mr Speaker, I am not quite sure what the protocol should be here. Do we accept both amendments?

MR SPEAKER: No. We will just take the one, Mr Doszpot. We will come to the other in a moment.

MR DOSZPOT: Thank you.

Ms Hunter’s amendment to Mr Barr’s proposed amendment agreed to.

Mr Barr’s amendment, as amended, agreed to.

MS HUNTER (Ginninderra—Parliamentary Convenor, ACT Greens) (6.26), by leave: I move:

Omit paragraph (2), substitute:

“(2) calls on the Government to meet with teachers and their representatives to discuss an acceptable compromise that meets the necessary requirements for sound record keeping, while not imposing unfair and burdensome tasks on teachers and principals within the ACT public school system.”.

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