Page 1804 - Week 06 - Thursday, 14 May 2015

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MR CORBELL: There is nothing to apologise for. The government is very proud and I am very proud of the work we are doing to deliver this contemporary, state-of-the-art, dedicated subacute facility for our community.

The only people who should be apologising are those opposite, because they are the ones who, instead of pursuing this issue, should be pursuing their federal leader and the cuts to public hospital services that have been confirmed in the most recent budget, because that is the biggest impact on health services here in the ACT. The biggest impact is the $600 million fiscal cliff we are going to face over the next decade.

Mr Hanson: Madam Speaker, on a point of order on relevance, I asked the minister whether he would reinstate the 60 beds, and I would ask him to clarify yes or no.

MADAM SPEAKER: I think the minister has answered that and I think that he has the capacity to expand on the subject. However, I also have the capacity to sit him down if I think that he has answered the question or is ranging too far.

Schools—Telopea Park

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the minister for education. Minister, I quote the following extract from the Telopea Park School newsletter of 6 August 2009:

At the direction of the Minister (Andrew Barr), Montgomery oval has been gazetted as permanent school space, preserved from future urban development. A fence will be built at the school perimeter to provide essential school security for outdoor play after hours when the Kindy playground may be in shade.

Minister, the Telopea P&C have today said:

The Telopea Park School Parents and Citizens Association has lost confidence in the Education and Training Directorate, under the leadership of Minister Burch, for its abject failure to consider the needs of students at Telopea Park School in handing over the school’s land with no information or consultation with the school community.

Minister, how is it that you have managed to lose the confidence of yet another section of the school community in your ability to stand up for schools?

MS BURCH: I thank Mr Doszpot for his question. The discussions on Montgomery park and our desire to build a 120-place childcare centre on that site, which will increase the capacity of childcare services in the area, I think would be welcomed by parents who are looking for places. Also attached to that arrangement is an $800,000 investment in Telopea school. I know that there are many families at Telopea school that will welcome that investment and those enhanced services on their school precinct.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

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