Page 1408 - Week 04 - Wednesday, 28 March 2012

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MR BARR: In relation to inspections, the responsibility lies with the Office of Regulatory Services, so Mr Corbell will provide that information. In relation to the number of contracts that are currently out there, I will need to seek some advice from Shared Services Procurement in relation to that matter.


MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the minister for education. Minister, will you confirm for the Assembly that a school planned for the suburb of Throsby is now not going ahead and is in fact being moved to the suburb of Nicholls? If this is correct, why has this occurred?

DR BOURKE: I thank the member for his question. As questions around development of any further Catholic school site at Nicholls are in the hands of the Treasurer, I refer the question to him. However, I would like to say that I will continue to work closely with the Catholic Education Office to ensure that any future school is up and running as soon as legislation allows. It is important that the education choices made by Canberra parents continue to be supported by our government.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, a supplementary question.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, when was the Catholic Education Office first advised that a Catholic school could be built in Throsby—what year and what month?

MR SPEAKER: Minister Barr. There is a theme developing today.

MR BARR: This is one of those days where other members are having difficulty knowing—

Mr Seselja: The education minister doesn’t know? He doesn’t deal with CEO?

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Seselja.

MR BARR: As the Leader of the Opposition should know, because he has been around long enough, there are two issues here. The first is the approval of a new non-government school by the education minister. It so happens that I was the education minister at the time and approved a new Catholic high school in—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Thank you.

MR BARR: There is then a secondary issue. That is around the availability of land. If Mr Hanson was not such a smart alec, he might have waited to hear the rest of the answer before providing another inane interjection.

Opposition members interjecting—

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