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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 1 Hansard (25 February) . . Page.. 62..

messages. On 18 February 2014, tickets for a commercial theatre production were advertised in the same government email distribution system. Chief Minister, does the government encourage or endorse public servants seeking paid casual employment with private employers?

MS GALLAGHER: Mr Smyth, I will have to have a look at the issue you have just raised. In a general sense, do we seek to promote casual employment? No, not necessarily, and there are rules around that for public servants. I do not recall seeing that message. I am happy to follow that up and see what the reasons behind it being on the all staff email are before I can answer anymore. I honestly have not seen it and know nothing about it.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Chief Minister, what commercial arrangements were made with these private companies for advertising which was internally circulated to all ACT public servants?

MS GALLAGHER: I will have to take that on notice, too, Mr Smyth, and provide an update to the Assembly.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: Will other employment agencies or entertainment venues be permitted to advertise in government circulars, and what are the commercial arrangements?

MS GALLAGHER: Again, this is not something that has come across my desk, so I will have to take further advice. I thought there were guidelines around advertising through government information channels, but I will take some further advice and come back to the Assembly.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: Just to get the whole question on the record, if other agencies will not be given permission to advertise in a whole-of-government message, why was an exception made for these two commercial organisations? Maybe you can get back to us.

MS GALLAGHER: Yes, I will answer all the questions from Mr Smyth and Mrs Jones in full.

Education—teacher recruitment

MS BERRY: My question is to the Minister for Education and Training and refers to reports yesterday about improvements to teacher recruitment to ensure that all new teachers meet the highest literacy and numeracy standards. Minister, what action will the government take to achieve this goal?

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