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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 2 Hansard (17 February) . . Page.. 655..


national security threats to Australian interests. The position is also responsible for financial management and will continue with reform to corporate services and development of a strategic planning framework for the department.

Education-Athletes in schools program

(Question No 46)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 9 December 2004:

(1) Do all Government schools participate in the Athletes in Schools Program offered by the A.C.T. Academy of Sport; if not, why not;

(2) How many schools have participated in the Athletes in Schools program to date this calendar year;

(3) Would the Government consider making it compulsory for all Government schools to participate in this program, provided free to schools, in an effort to reduce childhood obesity; if not, why not.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) No, not all schools participate in the Athletes in Schools Program offered by the ACT Academy of Sport. Schools use a variety of approaches and programs to deliver health and physical education outcomes.

(2) In 2004, 41 primary schools and two high schools have participated in the Athletes in Schools Program.

(3) No, the ACT Government would not consider making the Athletes in Schools Program compulsory. ACT Government schools have mandated times for health and physical education from kindergarten to year ten. Under school-based curriculum in the ACT, schools select programs appropriate to their particular needs, in conjunction with their school communities. Through the ACT Department of Education and Training, Health and PE unit, schools are made aware of a variety of programs to address health and physical activity. The Promoting Healthy Students budget initiative also addresses the issue of childhood obesity by providing schools with programs and professional development in nutrition and physical activity.

Computers-digital divide

(Question No 47)

Mrs Burke asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 9 December 2004:

(1) Is there widespread community support for and appreciation of the Government's Digital Divide Roving Tutor scheme; if not, why not; if so, how does he receive this information;

(2) Were community organisations forced to cancel existing Roving Tutor client bookings in June 2004 when the scheme was suspended on 21 June with less than two weeks warning;


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