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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 08 Hansard (Wednesday, 15 August 2018) . . Page.. 2984 ..

dramatically as a consequence of these changes. You cannot get away from that. They will not be able to walk to that bus stop to get the bus. I do not think that is fair.

I had a long conversation with Michael Lee from MacKillop College. I want to read briefly some of the things that he wrote in a letter to parents. He said:

I attended a meeting of Catholic school principals, Catholic Education, and Department of Transport ACT at Transport House, Braddon yesterday morning.

That would have been 9 August.

I need to advise that the following significant information was aired at the meeting …

He said:

The proposed bus routes were developed using data from the Education Directorate without the inclusion of data from the Catholic sector.

He said:

I raised the point that about 850 Year 7 to 9 students arrive and leave MacKillop’s junior campus each day under the supervision of four teachers. A number of St Anthony’s students also use these buses. Under the proposed route, students will overwhelmingly access general public buses from a host of separate stops which cannot be supervised by staff.

That is their beef: the staff cannot supervise them. There are 850 of them.

Towards the end of the meeting it was said that the new bus route was about

a) Trying to make the bus service better

b) Trying to make the buses better align with light rail

When I made the point that Tuggeranong was subsidising this by slashing school routes for our kids, people looked the other way.


Ms Cheyne: You mean you lied?

Ms Lawder: I raise a point of order, Mr Assistant Speaker. We listened to the minister in silence. I am trying to listen to Mr Parton now and I am distracted by the noises coming from those opposite. It makes it very difficult for me to concentrate.

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: There is no point of order. There are hardly any comments being made across the chamber.

Ms Lawder: I beg your pardon; I did not quite hear you.

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: There is no point of order, Ms Lawder.

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