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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 11 Hansard (20 October) . . Page.. 4673..

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

MR SPEAKER (Mr Rattenbury) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Education—proposed efficiency dividend cuts

MR DOSZPOT (Brindabella) (10.01): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) education is key in fostering an inclusive community;

(b) that the proposed efficiency dividend cuts will significantly affect vital services to the most vulnerable students in our school system;

(c) that the proposed efficiency dividend cuts will further increase teacher workloads and responsibilities;

(d) that the internal consultation process allocated an insufficient timeframe for responses and was scheduled a day before school vacations;

(e) that there were no external consultations with school communities;

(f) that a centralised resource centre is a valuable resource for both public and non-government school systems;

(g) in many instances, technology should be utilised as a learning aid, and not a replacement for teachers and support staff; and

(h) the importance of maintaining existing expertise in the school system and not losing it through job cuts;

(2) reaffirms its strong support for:

(a) the public school sector;

(b) funding for government schools; and

(c) the rights of ACT students and parents to have access to quality public schools; and

(3) calls on the:

(a) Minister for Education and Training to immediately quarantine all student and teacher support services and resources that are proposed for discontinuation as part of this efficiency dividend's cost saving measures;

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