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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2000 Week 12 Hansard (7 December) . . Page.. 3813..


MR MOORE (continuing):

(1) inserting after "health services, hospitals" in paragraph (1) (b) the following words:

"housing and housing assistance"; and

(2) omitting from paragraph (1) (d) the following words "housing and housing assistance".

Mr Speaker, this motion amends the purpose of the standing committee on health services that Mr Wood chairs and includes housing in that responsibility to bring it more in line with the administrative orders. Mr Speaker, it is clear that after Mrs Carnell leaves, this being her last day in the Assembly, there will be further changes to the administrative orders, but we felt that it was appropriate in this case to make sure that we proceed now with this change. My understanding is that Mr Wood is happy with that. We flag now that there are likely to be proposals for further changes, but we will consult widely on those.

MR WOOD (11.17): I find the amendment interesting. The committee, as I understand it, has no difficulty with it. It will add to our load, but all committees have a heavy load. Housing has been a matter of great interest to me from the time I was minister for planning and dealing with housing issues in the ACT, so I look forward to considering the issues that may well arise in this area.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

EDUCATION, COMMUNITY SERVICES AND RECREATION -

STANDING COMMITTEE

Proposed Reference

MR STEFANIAK (Minister for Education and Minister Assisting the Attorney - General) (11:18): Mr Speaker, I propose today to refer an inquiry on the impact of the current composition of the ACT teaching workforce on government schools to the Standing Committee on Education, Community Services and Recreation. The proposal has been on the notice paper for about six months. I appreciate that the committee has had other work to do, but I think that this reference is very important, so I am now moving it. I move:

That the Standing Committee on Education, Community Services and Recreation inquire into and report by the last sitting day in May 2001 on the impact of the current composition of the ACT teaching workforce on Government schools with particular reference to:

(1) the current composition of the ACT teaching workforce in ACT Government schools and preschools;

(2) the implications for the future education of students in Government schools; and

(3) strategies to assist in addressing the implications identified.

There is an amendment in there. Members might recall that the old notice paper said that the committee was to report by the end of 2000. Obviously, it now being the end of 2000, we are proposing May 2001. I would not be particularly averse to someone extending the date a little if it is reasonable to do so. I would think that such an inquiry would require approximately five months to complete.


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