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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 2 Hansard (10 February) . . Page.. 542..

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 2

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (5.39): I present the following report:

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee (performing the duties of a Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee)—Scrutiny Report 2, dated 3 February 2009, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MRS DUNNE: Scrutiny report 2 contains the committee's comments on 15 bills, 73 pieces of subordinate legislation and two regulatory impact statements. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Education, Training and Youth Affairs—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MS BRESNAN (Brindabella): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Education, Training and Youth Affairs concerning a new inquiry. The committee has resolved to conduct an inquiry into school closures and reform of the ACT education system. The committee will consider aspects of the reform of the ACT education system, with particular reference to:

  1. The ACT Government's Towards 2020 policy, including:

    • Demographic factors influencing regional planning in the delivery of educational services;
    • Configuration of school environments and educational outcomes; and
    • Reorganisation of the ACT school system thus far.

  1. The impact of school consolidation and closures with a focus on:

    • Community experiences and attitudes;
    • Student learning experiences; and

    • Financial, social and environmental impacts.

  1. Community responses, including;

    • Review of the consultation process, including how public submissions were considered and incorporated into the final reform package;
    • Views on the Education Amendment Bill 2008;
    • Interest expressed by school communities to re-open schools listed for closure; and

    • New uses for school facilities.

  1. Any other relevant matter.

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