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not have a permanent chief executive or a permanent chair. It is within our area of responsibility that we can appoint a permanent chair and provide that stability to ACTEW and that is what we will be doing.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Chief Minister, is it the intention of the government to appoint Jon Stanhope chair of ACTEW when he returns to Canberra?

MS GALLAGHER: I am not going to speculate on the appointment of the chair of ACTEW. It is a matter that the shareholders have agreed upon, and it will go to cabinet for consideration in the next couple of weeks. I really do not think it is in any way dignified to be bandying around individual’s names in this place and asking me to rule them in our out. The decision has been taken prior to Mr Smyth’s question being asked. So for the record, when it is announced, just remember that. It will go through a cabinet process.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Chief Minister, is Mr Stanhope in line for any other government employment, perhaps the CEO of ACTEW?

MS GALLAGHER: In relation to the chief executive of ACTEW, that recruitment process will be conducted by the board of ACTEW. They have appointed an acting chief executive for a short period of time. I think my understanding is that it might be 12 months. Within that time they will be undertaking a full independent recruitment process.

Schools—temperature guidelines

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Minister for Education and Training. Minister, in early February, the ACT branch of the Australian Education Union highlighted that at least one Canberra public school was experiencing temperatures above 30 degrees, in excess of AEU guidelines, and called on you as minister to conduct an audit of all schools’ cooling systems. Has this been completed, minister? If so, what were the results? If not, why not?

MS BURCH: I thank Mr Doszpot for his interest in education. It was raised. We as a community experience very hot periods over the January-February period. It is not policy to have schools have air conditioning in every class, but there are some areas within a school that have air conditioning. It is usually admin and the library. We have faith in our principals and our teachers within schools that they manage their school site and provide the most optimal environment they can for children.

Mr Hanson: Madam Speaker—

MADAM SPEAKER: Do you have a point of order, Mr Hanson?

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