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We do this and we believe in this because we understand that education is the pillar upon which opportunity is built. Madam Speaker, I call on all members of this Assembly to support this motion as a symbol of our willingness to invest in the people of Canberra and its future.

Debate interrupted in accordance with standing order 74 and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour.

Sitting suspended from 12.31 to 2.30 pm.

Ministerial arrangements

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism and Major Events) (2.30): Minister Stephen-Smith will be absent from question time today and tomorrow. The Deputy Chief Minister will take questions in the community services and social inclusion, disability, children and youth, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs and multicultural affairs portfolios, and Minister Gentleman will assist members in responding to questions in the workplace safety and industrial relations portfolios.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Gentleman) agreed to:

That leave of absence be granted to Ms Stephen-Smith for today and tomorrow, on account of official business.

Questions without notice

Bimberi Youth Justice Centre—staff safety

MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Disability, Children and Youth. So in her absence, I direct it to the Deputy Chief Minister. I refer to an incident that took place at Bimberi Youth Justice Centre on 16 July, which the minister described as involving 12 young people and five youth workers playing a game of touch football on the oval. Deputy Chief Minister, what knowledge do you have about the incident that took place on that day? Were any youth workers injured during this incident?

MS BERRY: I thank the Leader of the Opposition for the question. I will have to take the question on notice and bring some information to the Assembly. I know the same information that has been provided in this place about that particular issue but I have not been advised on that particular issue.

MR COE: Deputy Chief Minister, will you please also take on notice how many youth workers were injured, if any, and whether any youth workers or staff or contractors were stood down as part of the events or whether any disciplinary action was taken.

MS BERRY: Yes, I will take all of that detail on notice.

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