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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 5 Hansard (1 May) . . Page.. 1757..


2012-13, and this increase will include an initial $3.30 a week for electricity and $1.50 for gas. In view of these—

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, the time for this discussion has expired.

Before we go on, I had the Hansard reviewed, and I did not say anything about the relevance standing order not applying to matters of public importance. I want to clarify that nothing of that nature was actually said by me in relation to that matter. I did not make a ruling; it was just to say that I felt the discussion that was going on was appropriate at the time.

University of Canberra and Canberra Institute of Technology—proposed joint venture

Statement by minister

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Corrections), by leave: Today I would like to make a statement concerning the government's response to the resolution passed in the Legislative Assembly on 28 March 2012, which called on the ACT government to:

(a) make public and provide to the Standing Committee on Education, Training and Youth Affairs all relevant material used in the formulation of a collaborative venture between the University of Canberra and the CIT including, but not limited to, the financial implications of all options for both institutions and the ACT government by 1 May 2012;

(b) provide the membership details of, and the terms of reference for, the Project Implementation Group to the Standing Committee on Education, Training and Youth Affairs by 1 May 2012;

(c) make public the details of the proposed model, including the anticipated governance structures and the student enrolment processes of the collaborative venture between the University of Canberra and the CIT by May 2012;

(d) not proceed any further with the collaborative venture until after COAG meets again in April; and

(e) report back to the Assembly following this meeting.

In response to part (a) of the resolution, I advise the Assembly that today I have provided the documents to the chair of the Standing Committee on Education, Training and Youth Affairs and that these items will be published on the Education and Training Directorate's website.

I have also provided the confidential responses to the design principles provided by Professor Parker and Mr Marron to the chair of the standing committee, but seek the Assembly's leave not to make them public, on the grounds that they were provided to the ACT government steering group strictly and commercially in confidence.


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