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Questions Day 2 - Wednesday 27 November 1996



Questions Day 2 - Wednesday 27 November 1996

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Parliamentary Record 29


Questions for 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997




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QUESTIONS - Wednesday 27 November 1996 Even the Leader of the Opposition said, when she emerged from her briefing by the Commissioner of Police, that this would be a very thorough investigation. If she stands by that comment and if she accepts that the results of the very thorough investigation were then sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions, a highly skilled Queens Counsel and very experienced in criminal law, who had an overview of the entire police investigation and came to the conclusion there had been no wrongdoing in the Department of the Chief Minister or the Department of Health, why wont she accept those findings? Nits, Not! Campaign Dr LIM to MINISTER for EDUCATION and TRAINING In the past, the government initiated an education program called Nits, Not!, a campaign to promote awareness of head lice in Territory primary schools. Was the campaign successful and what is the current situation with head lice in schools? ANSWER Mr Speaker, this is a very irritating problem indeed. It is one that I, and I am sure other members, receive regular representations about. Mr Coulter: Hear, hear! Ms Martin: Some of us regularly do our childrens hair. Members interjecting. Mr Stone: You are wonderful. Mr Palmer: No self-respecting louse would leap into your hair! Mr SPEAKER: Order! Mrs Hickey: There is certainly one in yours. Mr FINCH: It is a most important challenge in our schools and outside our schools. The dilemma for parents is that they may often be treating their own childs hair regularly, only to find that, when the child mixes with other children in a classroom where there is even minimum infestation, that results very soon in a new outbreak. This is not a new problem. It existed even when my own children were at school. I guess the frustration for parents and the education and health professionals who are trying to deal with the dilemma lies with the fact that many parents will not treat their own children. Secondly, and even more annoyingly, they will not give permission for the school nurse to inspect their childrens hair. I have had an example of at least one person who came in complaining about the proliferation of head lice or nits in their childs classroom resulting in the child acquiring nits, yet that person refused to have their own child inspected by the school nurse. There is a provision that, when a child is identified as having head lice, that child is 1834

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