Page 5004 - Week 12 - Wednesday, 26 October 2011

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MR CORBELL: I would have to check the record, but I can advise that in relation to the flooding event at the ESA headquarters at Fairbairn, that was the consequence of a very severe storm cell immediately over the building and the airport. It is not anything to do with its location on the flood plain and the flooding that occurred was not as a result of inundation coming from the flood plain. In relation to flooding at the ESA training facility, there has been no flooding per se, except for the large volume of rain that collected on the site whilst the excavations were being undertaken for the commencement of that work.

MR SPEAKER: Supplementary, Mr Seselja.

MR SESELJA: Minister, were you ever briefed to the effect that either or both of these sites had the potential to be at risk of flooding? If so, what was the nature of that advice?

MR CORBELL: I do not believe so, but again I will check the record.

MR SMYTH: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, is it correct that the then commissioner, Gregor Manson, informed you in a brief that there was potential for flooding to affect these sites?

MR CORBELL: Which sites is Mr Smyth referring to? If he is referring to the ESA training facility, the ESA training facility is, obviously, located in the Jerrabomberra Creek area. It has been constructed above the one-in-100-year flood level.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, will you table by close of business today any such briefs that indicated that either the emergency services headquarters at Fairbairn or the ESA training facility at Hume may be affected by flooding?

MR CORBELL: I am not aware of any advice. I cannot recollect any advice to me in relation to flooding at the ESA headquarters. There has been no flooding at the ESA headquarters aside from the storm cell event, which is not associated with flooding from inundation from a creek line. It was the result of flooding from a severe rainfall event in the immediate proximity of the building. In relation to the ESA training facility, as I have reiterated, the ESA training facility is built above the one-in-100-year flood level of the Jerrabomberra Creek.

Education—student expulsions

MS HUNTER: My question is to the minister for education regarding education and training options for young people. Minister, at a recent meeting I was informed of a young person who was expelled from a school and who has spent at least seven weeks not engaged in education or any other supports. What policies, protocols or support mechanisms are followed when a child or young person is expelled from school?

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