Page 610 - Week 02 - Thursday, 19 February 2015

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MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: When will the next phase of the Ashley Drive roadworks take place?

MADAM SPEAKER: Is that likely to be ministerial policy? Has a decision been made about Ashley Drive?

MR SMYTH: There is a whole plan out there.

MADAM SPEAKER: If a decision has been made about Ashley Drive, I presume that is an announcement of ministerial policy and I have to rule it out of order.

Mr Coe: On a point of order, if the government have already decided to go ahead with these works and it is in effect common knowledge that they are doing works, then surely the detail of it, which is what Mr Smyth is asking, is a legitimate question.

MADAM SPEAKER: I will stand corrected, but I asked Mr Gentleman: has there been an announcement on the next stage of Ashley Drive and he said there was not. Is there any planning to—

Ms Berry: A point of order, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Sorry, let me just get this. Is there any planning to do any work on stage 2 of Ashley Drive?

Mr Gentleman: There has been some study to progress from stage 1 of Ashley Drive, but no decision has been taken yet.

Mr Coe: On a point of order, Madam Speaker, the sheer fact that it is called stage 1 suggests that there is a stage 2 planned. Therefore, I think it is right and proper that we ask for the detail of what they have planned.

MADAM SPEAKER: The minister cannot answer a question which is the announcement of previously unannounced policy. As far as I can tell—if someone wants to disabuse me of this—what I understand is that the executive have not announced whether or when they will build Ashley Drive stage 2. And if they have not announced that I cannot ask Mr Gentleman to announce that here today.

Canberra Institute of Technology—Auslan

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Minister for Education and Training. Minister, in question time last week, in answer to a question about whether CIT was offering cert II and cert III in Auslan in 2015, you replied that CIT was teaching level II and level III in Auslan. You further said that, through CIT Solutions, access was to a level almost like a community awareness level of Auslan training. Minister, are you confusing the accredited certificate courses being offered through CIT with the non-accredited short community courses being offered by CIT Solutions? If not, how many new enrolments are there in cert II in Auslan at CIT this year?

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