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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 12 Hansard (30 October) . .

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As the previously mentioned Australian research alliance work found, a key purpose of continual communication and relationship building is to familiarise parents with the school and the language of education to ensure that they feel comfortable talking to teachers. While teachers are experts in pedagogy, parents are experts in their children's lives and need to be able to express concern, ask questions and offer guidance to schools on how their child learns and interacts with others. And just as importantly, although not always considered, are the views of the children themselves. Students also have a role to play in providing feedback on their learning styles and their preferences for certain areas of study, and should be encouraged to find their voice and to articulate those viewpoints to both parents and teachers in a way that supports better outcomes.

The ACT Greens are very supportive of the work that is being undertaken by the Education and Training Directorate; the Catholic Education Office, and in particular Mr Tim Smith's work for them on this issue; the independent schools; and also the Australian research alliance. I look forward to hearing more in the coming months and years about the ACT's growing evidence base. Again I thank Ms Berry for bringing this matter to the attention of the Assembly as a genuine matter of public importance and one well worthy of discussion in the Assembly this afternoon.

Discussion concluded.

Transport—light rail

MR COE (Ginninderra) (4.19), by leave: I move:


(1) this Assembly notes that the ACT Government has announced that the business case for Capital Metro will be published on 31 October 2014;

(2) a select committee on Capital Metro be established;

(3) the select committee shall consist of two members nominated by the Government and two members nominated by the Opposition, to be nominated to the Speaker by 5 pm on this sitting day;

(4) the chair of the select committee will be an Opposition member;

(5) the select committee shall inquire and report into the financial, economic, social and environmental aspects of the business case; and

(6) the select committee shall report no later than the last sitting week in February 2015.

The motion before us today is about bringing additional scrutiny to the light rail business case, and indeed to the light rail project in general. As we all know, the government's proposed capital metro project running from Gungahlin to the city will be the biggest capital works project an ACT government has ever embarked upon.

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