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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 6 Hansard (6 May) . . Page.. 1960..


The government absolutely ignored what was coming. We took savings and a plan and a program to the election that they said were unnecessary. Well, it was necessary then; it is necessary now. It will be more necessary with the delay that we are going to experience in the next year because, as the rot sets in, things will get worse. (Time expired.)

Amendment agreed to.

Motion, as amended agreed to.

Education—investment

MS BURCH (Brindabella) (11.43): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the Agreement of the Council of Australian Governments to immediate, concerted action to increase young people's engagement with education and training pathways, including seeking the support of all stakeholders to commit to additional effort and to tailor the delivery of services to maximise youth engagement, retention and attainment;

(b) the announcement of a Compact with Young Australians giving young people an entitlement to education or a training place;

(c) the announcement of National Youth Participation Requirement including a mandatory requirement for young people to attend school until they complete Year 10 and to be in education, training or employment until age 17; and

(d) the announcement of Education Attainment Targets for Young People, bringing forward the 90 per cent Year 12 or equivalent attainment rate target from 2020 to 2015; and

(2) welcomes:

(a) the considerable reforms of and investment in education and training currently undertaken by the Territory Government; and

(b) the co-operative approach and national leadership adopted by the Territory Government working with the Commonwealth on these reforms and investments.

It is not news to anyone here that Australia and the ACT are facing an economic crisis not experienced since the Great Depression. On 5 February this year, the Council of Australian Governments acknowledged the importance of continuing to focus on developing the skills needed in the Australian labour force during this global economic downturn. Developing and enhancing our skills will ensure the economy


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