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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 12 Hansard (27 October) . . Page.. 5161..


teachers who want to make a difference in ACT public schools and that there will be a reward for those who make a difference in classrooms.

Part of this is about working at a national level with the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership on the establishment of national professional standards for classroom teachers and also next year for principals. That will enable the facilitation of some new accomplished teacher classifications within the career structure for teachers in the ACT and it will enable younger teachers who enter the profession to move faster up the pay scale as a reward for their hard work, for their creativity and for their determination to get better results for their students.

It is about a more flexible approach; it is about moving away from a 1970s industrial relations system into something more akin to the public sector that we see around us in so many other areas of public service delivery in 2010. The change is long overdue and I am going to continue to argue passionately for it.

Ms Gallagher: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Papers

Mr Speaker presented the following paper:

Auditor-General Act—Auditor-General's Report No. 7/2010—Management of Feedback and Complaints, dated 27 October 2010.

Mr Corbell presented the following paper:

Petition which does not conform with the standing orders—Hughes Shops—Maintenance—Mr Seselja (Leader of the Opposition) (109 signatures).

ACT Policing—tasers

Debate resumed.

MR HARGREAVES (Brindabella) (2.58): As discussed, ACT Policing has taken a very responsible approach to the deployment of tasers. A comparison of the circumstances of taser use in the ACT with that of other jurisdictions, whilst serving as a useful learning aid, is something that we should, however, view with caution. Reference to a few select comments of any report in isolation of the full context should be avoided.

For example, reference to the Western Australian Crime and Corruption Commission's report into taser use by Western Australian police makes an observation that, since tasers were issued to general duties police, the police use of firearms has doubled. That report, however, sheds no further light on any reasons behind the increased use of firearms or, for that matter, any association with the deployment of tasers. What is referenced in fine print is that use of a firearm simply includes being drawn, not necessarily discharged. Indeed, the Western Australian Police Commissioner, in a recent appearance on the SBS program Insight, revealed


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