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6 October, 2011

Mr D.A. TEMPLEMAN: Everything has become too clinical. I do not blame teachers for being scared to take kids out of school on excursions. Many schools now do more incursions than excursions. The reason behind that is they are afraid of any legal action or legal liability. I do not blame teachers for that, but is it not sad that we have reached that stage?

The ACTING SPEAKER (Ms L.L. Baker): No; it is because they cannot afford the bus fares.

Mr D.A. TEMPLEMAN: Yes, although the bus fares are not too bad. Most schools arrange for a sort of sterile, not quite real, experience to come to the school so the kids can touch some furry farm animals, and get exposure to a couple of bantams and a couple of woolly sheep.

Ms J.M. Freeman: Those sheep can be a bit scary!

Mr D.A. TEMPLEMAN: They can be! That is the stage schools have reached.

The minister is probably going to ask me: what does this have to do with this bill? I will tell her what it has to do with this bill.

Mr M. McGowan: How old are you?

Mr D.A. TEMPLEMAN: I almost feel as though my body has been invaded by the former member for Moore, Bill McNee! I am going to stand here and point at members and talk about sheep, horses and ducks and other poultry!

Mr P.B. Watson: Grab your braces!

Mr M. McGowan: Smelly old fish!

Mr D.A. TEMPLEMAN: But I will not do that.

Subject: Curriculum Council Amendment Bill 2011 [Legislative Assembly – Second Reading]

Date: 16 August 2011

Hansard reference: pp. 5872-5873 [online (pdf)]

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