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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 2 Hansard (20 March) . . Page.. 652..

I seek leave to make a short statement.

Leave granted.

MS GALLAGHER: I present the Assembly with a corrigendum to the 2012-13 ACT public service state of the service report. The corrigendum corrects one error in the agency survey component of the report and three errors in the workforce profile component of the report. The correct information relates to the number of agencies who recruited Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander liaison officers, the head count of the ACT public service as of June 2012, separation rates by classification groups at table 17 of the report and leave usage data and text at table 28 of the report. The corrections are outlined in further detail of corrigendum for the information of members.


Ms Gallagher presented the following paper:

Gene Technology Act, pursuant to subsection 136A(3)—Operations of the Gene Technology Regulator—Quarterly report—1 July to 30 September 2013, dated 23 December 2013.

Mr Corbell presented the following paper:

National Environment Protection Council Act, pursuant to subsection 23(3)—National Environment Protection Council—Annual Report 2012-2013.


Discussion of matter of public importance

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mr Gentleman): The Speaker has received letters from Ms Berry, Dr Bourke, Mr Coe, Mr Doszpot, Mr Hanson, Mrs Jones, Ms Lawder, Ms Porter, Mr Smyth and Mr Wall proposing that matters of public importance be submitted to the Assembly. In accordance with standing order 79, Madam Speaker has determined that the matter proposed by Mrs Jones be submitted to the Assembly, namely:

The importance of choice in education for Canberra families.

MRS JONES (Molonglo) (3.47): I have pleasure in raising this matter of public importance, namely, the importance of choice in education for Canberra families. As a mother of four children, I am well aware of the concerns of families and the need for families to have choice. Canberra families are well served with an array of education options that are available to them.

In the public sector, parents can choose to send their preschoolers to one of 78 preschools, 61 primary schools, 19 high schools and eight colleges. There are schools that provide a one-stop shop education from preschool to year 10 and high

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