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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 4 Hansard (1 April) . . Page.. 1677..


(1) There were a total of eight drink spiking incidents recorded on the police database from August 2003 to 29 February 2004. Two incidents were recorded in August 2003 and in September 2003, one incident was recorded in November and three in December 2003.

(2) No.

(3) Following the launch of Operation Skeet in 2002, ACT Policing has continued to undertake a number of initiatives such as the public awareness campaigns "Watch Yourself, Watch Your Friends' and 'Party Smart'. Officers have also been involved in policy initiatives such as the National Drink Spiking Project coordinated by the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department, as well as operational activities including more recently Operation Muse, focusing on drug use in night club scenes, and Operation Safe City, focusing on the city centre and night club related crimes and disturbances.

Education-boys

(Question No 1382)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice, on 10 March 2004:

(1) Further to your response to part (4) of Question on notice No 1162 in which you stated that local research was commissioned to inform about the High School Development Program (HSDP) and the education of boys, why was this research commissioned and did the Government receive two reports, one for HSDP and one for boys education;

(2) If the Government did receive reports on both areas, what information was provided to the Government regarding (a) the HSDP and (b) boys education;

(3) What other work, if any, has been undertaken by the current Government regarding boys education; and have any measures to improve boys education been implemented; if so, what measures have been implemented and when.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to Mr Pratt's question is:

(1) Dr Andrew Martin was engaged in June 2002 to undertake a summary and analysis of the achievements of the New Generation High School Program (previously known in 2000 as the High Schools of the New Millennium Project) over the preceding three years. This is now known as the High School Development Program. The two most important aspects of the program at the time of Dr Martin's study were the system wide Exhibitions Project and school specific projects.


Earlier in 2002 Dr Martin was also engaged to undertake a review of strategies and approaches in the education of boys. The study encompassed a review of previous research, quantitative analysis of student motivational data, student interviews and consultations with teachers, key academics and commentators with a view to identifying ways to further enhance educational outcomes for boys.


Dr Martin provided two reports to the Government in December 2002. These were titled Summary and Analysis of High Schools for the New Millennium Project and Improving the Educational Outcomes of Boys.


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