Page 2217 - Week 08 - Tuesday, 4 August 2015

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MR WALL: Minister, is this particular incident the only such time that a structure has been erected in an ACT school?

MS BURCH: It is the only one that I am aware of, and it is something that I find is of great concern to me, which is why, four months ago now, I brought it to attention. I did not hesitate once I was aware of it. I was clear on the actions that needed to happen to bring it into the public domain. I briefed Mr Doszpot then; I have offered him briefings since then. Every step along the way I have been very open about what I can say to the community. They can snigger over there, but let us be very clear: I have always said I want this completed in a timely manner but with regard to respect to the people involved.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, how can parents have confidence that such an incident will not be repeated?

MS BURCH: I just signed today an MOU across Catholic, independent and government schools, and that was around transparency in an annual statement of assurance to all in our community that each and every one of our schools, government or non-government, complies with the relevant laws and obligations under the Education Act and the other parameters of being a registered school. I think that is a clear statement of the confidence that our community can have in all of our schools.

Transport—light rail

MR WALL: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, it was revealed last month by the Canberra Times that the ACT government was actively costing the capital metro light rail project to international investors at “up to $A900 million, with further stages in excess of $A1 billion”. This quote was included in a letter of introduction signed by a Land Development Agency official. Chief Minister, on what date was this letter signed?

MR BARR: I will need to take that on notice but, as the Minister for Capital Metro indicated, it was well before the business case was finalised.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Chief Minister, when did you first become aware of this letter, and by what means?

MR BARR: I was aware that the Land Development Agency was undertaking a range of investment facilitation activities. As to this exact letter, I would need to check the record as to the time. I was aware in general last year that these activities were being undertaken, as they were all sanctioned by me.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

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