Page 4169 - Week 10 - Wednesday, 21 September 2011

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MR DOSZPOT: Minister, can you guarantee for the Assembly and the community that no teacher will have their pay docked if they were not at work on Friday, 16 September?

MS GALLAGHER: I do not know that I can—

Mr Smyth: Well, you did on the morning.

MS GALLAGHER: Thank you, Mr Smyth, for your usual advice and helpfulness. Mr Doszpot’s question was around whether or not any teacher would be docked anything on Friday. I simply cannot answer that because I do not know the individual circumstances of every teacher and the reasons why they may not have attended work, for whatever reason. But in relation to the people who were unable to get to work to teach on that day, in relation to the disruption caused by the fire, the advice is that they will not be docked a day’s pay.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, can I get you to clarify that just a little bit further. The fact that one email—

Mr Hargreaves: Excuse me, Mr Speaker, on a point of order, this is a preamble on a supplementary.

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order, members! I will make the rulings. Mr Doszpot, let’s cut straight to the question. There are no preambles on supplementaries.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, quite conflicting emails were sent out on the morning. My question is: those teachers on the north side of Canberra who took the first email as the one instruction that they were going to follow, are they then going to be penalised for not turning up at their schools that they should have gone to on the north side?

MS GALLAGHER: I do not know what email you are calling the “first email”. The first comment that Mr Seselja asked me was about my comments. He then asked about a subsequent email. You are now asking me to clarify between two emails. So I am not sure what emails you are talking about. But in relation to the question you asked—whether teachers will be docked a day’s pay because of disruption caused by the fire—if they were teaching at a north-side school, the advice is very clear. The director-general of education also went out in public on the Friday to clarify this matter—that people would not be docked a day’s pay.

Environment—low emissions industries

MS HUNTER: My question is to the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development. Minister, yesterday in responding to a question that I asked the Minister for Economic Development, he failed to list one single initiative that the

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