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(2) When was the most recent copy of this document handed to the Minister;

(3) When will the Minister sign off on the new teachers EBA;

(4) Why has the EBA not been signed off on before now;

(5) Has the Minister or the Department received any complaints from the Union or individual teachers about the length of time taken to sign off on the new EBA; if so, how many complaints have been received;

(6) Can the Minister confirm whether it is a possibility that teachers will not receive back payment if the EBA is not signed off in the near future; if so, why;

(7) What, if any, additions will be included in the new EBA in comparison to the current/former EBA;

(8) Will any details in the new EBA be deleted in comparison to the current/former EBA; if so, which sections and why.

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

(1) No. The agreement has not yet been finalised.

(2) Not applicable.

(3) The parties will sign off the EBA once a majority of the employees covered by the agreement have voted to approve it.

(4) The department and the Australian Education Union (ACT branch) are still negotiating to finalise the terms of this agreement.

(5) As at 13 May 2004, the Minister had received one letter, copied to the department, which raised concerns about the length of time taken to sign off the new EBA.

(6) Parties have agreed, on a without prejudice basis, that teaching staff will be paid the agreed initial increase from 1 October 2003. The timing of other increases has not yet been finalised.

(7) The department and Union are still negotiating the terms of this agreement.

(8) The department and Union are still negotiating the terms of this agreement.

Education-truancy rates

(Question No 1550)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice, on 13 May 2004:

In the school years (a) 2001, (b) 2002, (c) 2003 and (d) 2004 to date, what was the (i) absentee and (ii) truancy rates for students.

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


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