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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 9 Hansard (21 August) . . Page.. 2737..

The Inquiry is to invite public submissions and be available to consult with stakeholders.

The Inquiry is to take into account, but not be limited by, the following:

Issues of effectiveness, equity, transparency, accountability, consistency and predictability;

The impact of Commonwealth Government school funding policies;

Complementary research carried out by other Australian jurisdictions

The work of the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs task force on schools resourcing; and

Work on a needs based funding model by the Department of Education and Community Services.

The Inquiry Head is Ms Lyndsay Connors who will be assisted by expert support to be engaged at her discretion.

The Department of Education and Community Services will provide secretariat support to the Inquiry.

The Inquiry Head is to provide a final report to the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services by November 2002.

Government primary school students

(Question No 210)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice, on 4 June 2002:

In relation to the tender notice that was advertised for the Provision of a Health and Fitness Assessment Program for ACT Government Primary School Students in July of last year (where submissions closed on 31 August 2001):

(1) Has the tender been finalised and if it has not, why not.

(2) What does the Government plan to do, within the school framework, to combat the growing number of children that are being diagnosed with obesity.

Mr Corbell: The answer to Mr Pratt's question is:

(1) The Government has decided not to proceed with the 2001 tender for a Health and Fitness Assessment Program in primary schools and tenderers have been advised of this decision. The tender did not proceed because it would preempt the Standing Committee on Health inquiry into the health issues of school-aged children.

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