Page 1517 - Week 05 - Thursday, 7 May 2015

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Mr Coe: Madam Speaker, the question that Mr Wall asked was about the impact of back pay on the budget. Whilst it is good to hear that the minister respects teachers, what we are particularly asking you for is the impact of back pay on the budget.

MADAM SPEAKER: Yes, I do recall that, and that is what I have written down. I think that the minister said that there was no impact on the budget, or words to that effect, but if you would like to add anything else whilst being directly relevant to the question, Minister Burch—

MS BURCH: I think that, being directly relevant to the question, in support of teachers I will continue to say—

MADAM SPEAKER: No; I am asking you to be directly relevant to the question: is there an impact on the budget?

MS BURCH: I have answered that. In my time left, I think I can answer in a manner that I feel is fit.

MADAM SPEAKER: Unless I do not think it is answering the question and I sit you down.

MS BURCH: In regard to the teachers’ offer, we have over 12 per cent on the table, a reduction in red tape and workload, over 50 per cent of the teachers reaching over $100,000 by the end of this agreement, and graduate teachers coming in at around $68,000 a year.

Opposition members interjecting—

Dr Bourke: Point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Point of order, Dr Bourke.

Dr Bourke: The level of interjection from the opposition continues, Madam Speaker. Regardless of the authority of the chair in telling them that they should pay some respect to speakers, they are continuously interrupting. I draw that to your attention.

MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you, Dr Bourke. Ms Fitzharris.

ACT State Emergency Service—storms

MS FITZHARRIS: My question is to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. Minister, recent storms in New South Wales saw widespread devastation in neighbouring cities. I understand the ACT State Emergency Service responded to calls for help. How did our ACT SES respond to these requests?

MS BURCH: I thank Ms Fitzharris for her question. The ACT State Emergency Service is a versatile and highly active volunteer emergency service organisation. While its primary role is to respond to incidents involving floods and storms, it also provides crucial support and assistance to other emergency service organisations.

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