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MR BARR: Obviously these are processes that are in the purview of the commonwealth government, but the Catholic Education Office have now made alternative arrangements in relation to year 7 for their new secondary school to operate from the Mother Theresa campus with a view to an opening a year later.

MS HUNTER: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Hunter.

MS HUNTER: Given that the Catholic Education Office has been in negotiations with the government since 2004 to find an appropriate site for a secondary facility, why has it taken so long to undertake the environmental assessments required?

MR BARR: It has not.

MR SESELJA: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja.

MR SESELJA: Minister, how would the Greens’ stated policy that Throsby should be a development no-go zone impact on the potential development of the Throsby Catholic high school?

Ms Le Couteur: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, I do not believe that is the Greens’ stated policy.

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order, members!

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, thank you! Mr Barr, you are free to answer the question.

MR BARR: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I thank the Leader of the Opposition for the friendliest question he has asked me, ever, in this place. It would be clear that the stated position, as I understand it, of some within the Greens party in relation to no development at all in Throsby would clearly impact upon the ability of the Catholic Education Office to provide for a secondary school in Gungahlin—certainly, along any time line that would meet the anticipated demand for such a facility. So the government does not agree with that particular position and is progressing work in accordance with both commonwealth and ACT legislation, in order to see a high school for the Catholic Education Office in Throsby.

Canberra Institute of Technology—alleged bullying

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Minister for Education and Training. Minister, in your response on Tuesday to a question about allegations of bullying at the Canberra Institute of Technology you said that you do not have investigative

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