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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 5 Hansard (2 May) . . Page.. 1830..


from the Canberra Liberals. And let us not forget that this wonderful asset to the ACT is very good for our economy but additionally very good for our wellbeing and, of course, the environment. It is well loved and appreciated by all Canberrans and is especially supported by the Canberra business community. But still there is no support from the Canberra Liberals, I am afraid.

Before closing, I would like to thank all Canberra businesses and entrepreneurs who do so much to contribute towards our social capital in this city as well as the economy. If you go anywhere in this city you will see the evidence of corporate citizens. This contribution, of course, not only adds to our wellbeing but also to the economy. I know that those opposite do not appreciate public art. However, there are many examples of the private sector's contribution to art in this city. Of course, all of us that work in this city are aware of the ways that business assists in making Civic a more vibrant place to do business. Again, we have a direct economic effect. Under this minister, this government is setting a positive agenda for business to develop and grow in the ACT, in which we can all take pride, in contrast to what those opposite offer, which gives nobody any confidence.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Schools—Catholic

MR DOSZPOT (Brindabella) (3.10): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) Catholic Schools Week is being celebrated across all NSW and ACT Catholic schools from 29 April to 5 May with the theme Faith in Every Student;

(b) Catholic schools educate 20 percent of students Australia wide and 29 percent of children in ACT schools in 23 primary schools and six high schools and colleges and this represents nearly one third of all school students in the ACT;

(c) the ACT government has continued to deliver fewer resources to Catholic schools with the ACT having twice the resource gap between government and Catholic schools compared to the national average;

(d) Commonwealth government funding is the lowest in the country to ACT Catholic schools and Territory funding is among the lowest; and

(e) recent efforts by the ACT Catholic Education Office to provide additional facilities in the Gungahlin area with the construction of a new senior college at Throsby has been subject to Government tardiness and bureaucratic bungles that have delayed construction of the school; forced relocation to another site and increased costs in planning and construction; and


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