Page 1541 - Week 04 - Thursday, 29 March 2012

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MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, a supplementary.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, when will you be able to assure the Assembly and the community that there are no further risks that remain unaddressed in any ACT school?

DR BOURKE: I thank the member for his question. He has not exactly quantified the nature of the risks that he is talking about. It is a fairly open-ended, open season sort of question. Let me say that I think I addressed this matter particularly well within the tabling of the documents that were required of me by the Assembly the other day. If the member would trouble himself to have a look through them, perhaps he would be able to acquaint himself with the nature of these management plans for hazardous materials which exist within the ACT Directorate of Education and Training.

MR SESELJA: Supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Seselja.

MR SESELJA: Minister, besides Taylor primary, how many schools are in the situation where risks related to hazardous materials have been identified but not fixed?

DR BOURKE: I am advised by the directorate that 68 schools have hazardous management plans for materials.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Seselja.

MR SESELJA: How many schools have had hazardous materials identified where they have not been fixed?

DR BOURKE: I thank the member for his question. I am not aware of any schools which have hazardous materials which have not been fixed; that is, fixed in the sense that made it safe for children to attend that school.

Education—excellence and enterprise framework

MS HUNTER: My question is to the Minister for Education and Training and relates to the excellence and enterprise framework. Minister, the excellence and enterprise quarterly action report for March 2012 contains updates on the many activities undertaken towards the 11 key directions of the framework. Minister, what professional development opportunities have been offered to and undertaken by teachers involved with the virtual learning academy pilot programs for students with high academic ability?

DR BOURKE: I thank the member for her question. This is a particularly detailed question which I will take on notice and report back in due course.

MR SPEAKER: Supplementary, Ms Hunter.

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