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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 5 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 1318..


MR CORBELL (continuing):

It is important to stress that boys education is an ongoing issue of concern. The department of education and I, as the minister, do focus strongly on the issue. We use the processes, particularly of the ACT assessment program, which is a testing program for years 3, 5, 7 and 9, to identify where the weaknesses are in the student body. Clearly, the results of boys do show up as being lower than they should be in a number of areas in those reports. We use that mechanism to respond to students on an individual basis in schools, making sure that students, their teachers and their parents are aware of the particular problems that each child is facing, and can put in place specific measures to help overcome any difficulties.

Mr Stanhope: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Commission of audit

MR QUINLAN: Yesterday, 7 May, Mr Smyth asked a question about the Auditor-General's report in relation to the special purpose review of part of the commission of audit report on the state of the territory's finances as at 31 October 2001, which was tabled on 9 April.

I advise that the scope of the Auditor-General's review was limited to item 1 (a) of the commission's terms of reference, which was to determine the financial results and the position at the end of October 2001. The special purpose review did not address any of the other parts of the commission's report.

The Auditor-General provided an unqualified review report. His opinion of those sections of the commission's report he examined was that the methodologies and procedures used to produce the information presented in chapter 4 and the appendices were reasonable.

I guess that says that he has audited that section of it. The other part contains the projections.

Mr Smyth: That is open to debate.

MR QUINLAN: He does not audit the budget, and this is virtually a mini-budget or a mini-assessment. So you have got all you are getting.

Child care-staff shortages

MS DUNDAS (3.32): I seek leave to amend the motion standing in my name on the notice paper.

Leave granted.

MS DUNDAS: I move:


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