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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 10 Hansard (29 August) . . Page.. 3043..


Papers

Mr Stanhope presented the following papers:

Government land development agency-Answer to question without notice asked of Mr Corbell (Minister for Planning) by Mr Stefaniak and taken on notice on 28 August 2002.

Budget 2002-2003-Provision for land development-Answer to question without notice asked of Mr Stanhope by Mr Smyth and taken on notice on 28 August 2002.

Harcourt Hill-Remnant woodland-Answer to question without notice asked of Mr Corbell by Ms Tucker and taken on notice on 28 August 2002.

Indigenous education

Paper and statement by minister

MR STANHOPE (Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Health, Minister for Community Affairs and Minister for Women) (3.19): On behalf of Mr Corbell as Manager of Government Business, for the information of members and in accordance with the resolution of the Assembly of 24 May 2000, I present the following paper:

Indigenous Education-Fourth six monthly report to 28 February 2002.

I ask for leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: This is an important statement. The Labor Party initiated this reporting in 2000. Three reports have been tabled since then. The government is pleased to continue this reporting.

The government is committed to providing effective and appropriate support services and programs for indigenous students which will assist them to achieve improved educational outcomes. The government recognises that many of the needs of indigenous students can be addressed through support programs for all students at risk of not achieving satisfactory outcomes. There are additional needs the government recognises that require targeted assistance. Progress in indigenous education is being made. However, further work needs to be done to achieve comparable educational outcomes between indigenous and non-indigenous students.

Mr Speaker, there are number of key elements I would like to draw to the attention of members.

Indigenous Education Consultative Body

The new Indigenous Education Consultative Body is in place and providing advice to government on education and community service matters. It has developed a strategic plan for 2002-04. The goal of the Indigenous Education Consultative Body is to work with the ACT government to increase the educational outcomes for indigenous students


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