Page 2215 - Week 06 - Wednesday, 9 May 2012

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MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, a supplementary.

MR SESELJA: Minister, have you sought assurances that appropriate compensation has been provided to these staff, and how do you know it has?

DR BOURKE: I thank the member for his question. I understand that a number of cases have proceeded to the ACAT as well as others that have been dealt with by Comcare.

MR SPEAKER: Supplementary, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, have any of the staff who were forced to leave the CIT due to being bullied been offered re-employment?

DR BOURKE: I will take that question on notice, Mr Speaker.

Schools—carbon emissions

MS HUNTER: My question is to the Minister for Education and Training and relates to the ACT climate change strategy 2007-25 requirement that government and non-government schools in the ACT become carbon neutral by 2017. Minister, do you have any evidence to show that ACT schools are on track to meet this target and, if so, will you make that evidence public?

DR BOURKE: I thank the member for her question. In 2008 the government committed $20 million to implement initiatives that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and minimise the environmental impact of our activities. Already $4 million worth of projects have been implemented as a result of this funding under the schools infrastructure refurbishment program. Half a million dollars has also been provided to non-government schools to help improve their environmental sustainability.

In addition, projects to the value of a further $1 million that come under the carbon neutral schools umbrella are set to be completed each year as part of the capital upgrades program. In addition, I understand that under the solar schools program we have allocated a further $2 million and made sure that solar PV panels were installed at 19 public schools. This year, I understand, another 18 schools are set to finalise solar panel installation.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Ms Hunter.

MS HUNTER: On a point of order, I was going to ask the minister to actually answer the question, which was about whether there is evidence that the ACT is meeting its target, whether it is on track for the target. It was not about how much money was spent.

MR SPEAKER: We will take that as the supplementary question given that the minister had sat down.

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