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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 5 Hansard (9 April) . .

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Acknowledging the need for further action, the federal government has also announced the establishment of a pay equity unit within Fair Work Australia tasked with working out long-term funding arrangements to provide professional wages across the sector. The establishment of a pay equity unit recognises the systemic gender disadvantage experienced in predominantly female sectors. It will inform the work of the Fair Work Commission by compiling specialist pay equity information necessary for the consideration of relevant applications made under the Fair Work Act and modern awards.

As well as annual minimum wage reviews, and as the skills and qualifications of educators increase, this unit will ensure that remuneration accurately reflects the professional status of their work. The workers who choose these challenging but rewarding careers in early childhood education deserve this ongoing commitment to investment in their sector and careers so they can continue the vital work they do educating our children and supporting our community.

The ACT government have been supporting children by recognising and acknowledging the scientific evidence that the early years are so important in the development of our young people. We have supported the workers by listening to the various voices of the education and care sector, and we have supported parents by recognising their needs in providing quality care. Unlike the opposition, we will not forsake the people who work in early childhood education and child care.

Discussion concluded.

Adjournment

Motion by Ms Burch proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Australian National Capital Artists

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (4.21): In this very big year of birthday celebrations, I rise tonight to celebrate a 21st birthday. Australian National Capital Artists is much better known by its acronym ANCA. The artist-run initiative owns and operates artist studios in Mitchell and artist studios and a gallery in Dickson.

On Friday night, I had the pleasure to officially open one of the two simultaneous exhibitions ANCA is holding to celebrate its 21 years of operation. Over 200 artists have benefitted from the use of the studio space at ANCA over the last 21 years. An exhibition of works by the current tenants of the studio spaces is currently on show in the ANCA Gallery in Dickson, and Friday night's launch was for the exhibition Intensity of purpose: 21 years of ANCA, showing works by past tenants at the Canberra Museum and Gallery or CMAG, which is just across Civic Square from the Assembly, not far to walk at all.


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