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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 1 Hansard (9 February) . . Page.. 100..


Taxation Administration (Amounts Payable—Thresholds—Pensioner Duty Concession Scheme) Determination 2009 (No 2)—Disallowable Instrument DI2009-245 (LR, 14 December 2009).

Training and Tertiary Education Act—

Training and Tertiary Education (Accreditation and Registration Council) Appointment 2009 (No 4)—Disallowable Instrument DI2009-252 (LR, 21 December 2009).

Training and Tertiary Education (Accreditation and Registration Council) Appointment 2009 (No 5)—Disallowable Instrument DI2009-253 (LR, 21 December 2009).

University of Canberra Act—

University of Canberra Council Appointment 2009 (No 1)—Disallowable Instrument DI2009-263 (LR, 22 December 2009).

University of Canberra Council Appointment 2009 (No 2)—Disallowable Instrument DI2009-264 (LR, 22 December 2009).

National Multicultural Festival

Paper

MR BARR (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Planning, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation and Minister for Gaming and Racing) (4.37): On behalf of the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, for the information of members I shall present a statement made by Ms Burch this morning regarding the 2010 Multicultural Festival. I present the following paper:

2010 National Multicultural Festival.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Dunne) adjourned to the next sitting.

Schools—closures

MR DOSZPOT (Brindabella): I seek leave to comment on Mr Barr's statement on the government's response to the school closures report.

Leave granted.

MR DOSZPOT: The government's response to the inquiry into school closures was, sadly, not unexpected. In fact, it would have been totally out of character for the government to ever agree that they had made a mistake of any kind. To this day the minister repeats the misrepresentations he made then. The minister, despite evidence to the contrary, still maintains that the consultation process was genuine and adequate and that the social, educational and financial impacts of closing school were adequately considered.

However, based on his own recently released information, we can put paid to his claims at the time relating to improved educational outcomes. Results recently made public show that, despite the pain and angst caused to many school communities,


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