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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 5 Hansard (25 May) . . Page.. 2248..


Government is committed to addressing these issues and is of the view that current programs and upcoming initiatives in this regard show that we are on the right track. The Canberra Social Plan, Building our Community, outlines many of the Government's further actions to improve outcomes for Indigenous people in our community.

(4) Mr Pratt will recall that the department is already working to improve Indigenous educational outcomes consistent with the areas raised in the ACER report. The Services to Indigenous People, Literacy and Numeracy and Student Support Action Plans as well as the Equity and Diversity Plan, specifically address these issues.

(5) Please note answer at (4).

Students-paid tutoring

(Question No 1469)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice, on 1 April 2004:

(1) Further to figures that have been revealed showing around one million Australian children have paid tutors, does the Government have any data that reveals how many ACT students receive paid tutoring;

(2) As tutoring is often a form of assistance that parents feel they cannot provide, what is the Government doing to assist parents in the difficulties they have with helping their children do homework;

(3) Does the ACT Government do enough to assist parents in their approach to helping their children with homework; if not, what sort of additional assistance could be provided and would the Government be willing to provide it.

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

(1) No. The department does not have specific data on this issue.

(2) Schools employ a wide range of strategies that assist parents to work with their children to complete homework. These include developing a school homework policy, incorporating articles in the school newsletter, running training sessions and offering homework centres. The LearningACT website, launched on Thursday, 8 April 2004, provides resources for students to support and assist with school learning.

(3) The strategies outlined in part (2) assist parents in their approach to helping their children with homework. LearningACT is a dynamic and evolving resource that will continue to be updated to engage and support students in home study activities.

Pensioner concessions

(Question No 1470)

Mr Cornwell asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 1 April 2004, (redirected to the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services):


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