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Thursday, 22 May 1980
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Mr Leo McLeay (GRAYNDLER, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Education, upon notice, on 14 May 1980:

(   1 ) Has his attention been drawn to a report in the Victorian Cancer News, No. 92, that the Victorian Education

Department has no regulation that prevents teachers smoking in front of a class.

(2)   Is there a regulation preventing teachers smoking in front of classes in schools in Canberra.

Mr Fife -The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   No.

(2)   There is no specific ACT Schools Authority regulation preventing teachers smoking in front of classes.

However, an administrative circular, issued by the Chief Education Officer of the ACT Schools Authority, 6 July 1976, stated:

Such of the Administrative instructions in the NSW Handbook (instructions and information for the guidance of teachers) as have not been superseded or amended, and remain applicable to the conduct of ACT schools, remain in force. In doing so they continue to set a norm or 'common law' of procedures within which principals and teachers have available the support and protection of their education system.

The NSW Education Gazette of 24 April 1980 indicated a new section 'Smoking in Schools', to be inserted into the Teachers Handbook. The instruction makes it clear that teachers are not permitted to smoke in the presence of pupils whether in classrooms, halls or playgrounds, or in other places inside and outside the school where an aspect of the school program is being undertaken with pupils.

This addition will be notified to ACT Schools in the ACT Schools Bulletin, S June 1980.

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