Page 2042 - Week 07 - Wednesday, 15 May 2013

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Mr Hanson interjecting—

Mr Barr interjecting—

Mr Hanson: Madam Speaker, Mr Barr just interjected across the chamber, “You are an idiot” to me. I would ask him to withdraw.

MADAM SPEAKER:I did not hear it. Mr Barr, did you say it?

Mr Barr: Madam Speaker, the Leader of the Opposition asked was I “blinging” him. I said no, I was not. I said, “I think you’re an idiot.”

Mr Coe: Bullying, actually.

MADAM SPEAKER: In that case, I will ask you to withdraw.

Mr Barr: I withdraw, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: It was a simple, straightforward question. I did not hear it. Did you say it? Yes or no. If you did say it, you have to withdraw.

Mr Barr: I did—

MADAM SPEAKER: I know, but you do not need to embellish it. It was a straight and direct question.

Mr Hanson: On a point of clarification: I asked Mr Barr, “Are you bullying me?” and he responded, “No, you are an idiot.”

Mr Barr interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: It has been withdrawn, so that should be an end to it. Ms Berry, I am sorry. Could we first of all restart the clock for Ms Burch. I call Ms Burch.

MS BURCH: I thank Ms Berry for her interest. I am pleased to inform members of the recent results from the 2012 survey of students who graduated in 2011. The survey is conducted annually and collects information from graduates who were awarded an ACT year 12 certificate from an ACT public or non-government school or the Canberra Institute of Technology.

The survey results show that our former students were positive about their senior secondary experience and are enjoying further success. Of the students who graduated in 2011, 94 per cent were employed or doing further study in 2012, a figure that has been trending upwards over the past few years. Fifty-seven per cent of graduates were studying in 2012 and 76 per cent of those who were not studying intended to do so in the next two years.

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