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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 7 Hansard (2 June) . .

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(4) (a) questions without notice concluding at the time of interruption; or

(b) debate on any motion before the Assembly at that time being adjourned until a later hour that day.

Planning and Development (University of Canberra and Other Leases) Legislation Amendment Bill 2015

Debate resumed from 14 May 2015, on motion by Mr Gentleman:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Debate (on motion by Mr Coe) adjourned to the next sitting.

Order of the day—postponement

MS BURCH (Brindabella—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for Disability, Minister for Racing and Gaming and Minister for the Arts) (10.24): Pursuant to standing order 150, I move:

That order of the day No 2, Executive business, relating to the Electricity Feed-in Tariff Schemes Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 be postponed.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Education Amendment Bill 2015

Debate resumed from 14 May 2015, on motion by Ms Burch:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo) (10.25): I rise to speak on this Education Amendment Bill. In doing so, I note that there have been relatively few amendments to this act since its enactment in 2004. In fact, I think there have been only three prior to this one. The Education Act is a major piece of legislation, so any amendments, one would hope, are done only after serious consideration, contemplation and discussion.

This bill seeks to amend the current act to remove two advisory councils that, by all reports, have served successive government ministers well since 2004. One is the Government Schools Education Council and the other is the Non-government Schools Education Council.

Sections 56, 57 and 109 of the current act outline the membership of both councils. The Government Schools Education Council must include the director-general and the minister must appoint a chair; six people who, in the minister's opinion, have experience in one or more of the areas of business, commerce, public policy, early childhood care, education, the special needs of young people and teacher education; and 10 people who, in the minister's opinion, represent the views of public school education. As a statutory appointment, the Standing Committee on Education, Training and Youth Affairs is consulted on proposed appointments.


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