Page 3388 - Week 08 - Thursday, 23 August 2012

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MR DOSZPOT: Minister, how do you expect non-government schools to service their high-needs students at the same level as they do currently if that $2 million in disability funding is not continued?

DR BOURKE: I thank the member for his question. I would be expecting that people are going to use it in ways that are appropriate to them. It is entirely up to schools and systems to use that money, and that may well be for things such as capital works, which could be very important for assisting them to cater for disabled students in their schools.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, you have the call.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, will you confirm before the election that this funding will be continued if you are returned to government, in the absence of any other decision on Gonski funding?

DR BOURKE: Mr Speaker, I think the question is out of order. It is asking me to make a policy announcement.

MR SPEAKER: Yes. Ms Bresnan, you have the floor for a question without notice.


MS BRESNAN: My question is to the Attorney-General and concerns the government’s review into safety in the building industry. Minister, you are reported as saying on 24 July that you would formally announce a review within two weeks. It has now been four weeks. Have you developed the terms of reference for the review and when will you release them?

MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Bresnan for the question. The government has been closely engaged in consultation with the work health and safety council as we finalise the terms of reference. That work has now been completed and there has been very strong support from the work health and safety council for the terms of reference proposed by the government.

In relation to the reviewer, the government is finalising arrangements with a preferred reviewer to undertake the review, or inquiry, and I expect to announce the details of the reviewer very shortly.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Bresnan, a supplementary.

MS BRESNAN: Minister, given the concerns raised by stakeholders, will you ensure the work safety review includes an independent examination of the ACT government’s role in construction safety, including its procurement practices and compliance regime?

MR CORBELL: Again, I thank Ms Bresnan for the question. It is, of course, worth reminding Ms Bresnan that the work health and safety council has already undertaken

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