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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 9 Hansard (22 August) . .

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Papers

Mr Gentleman presented the following papers:

Subordinate legislation (including explanatory statements unless otherwise stated)

Legislation Act, pursuant to section 64—

Domestic Animals Act—Domestic Animals (Cat Containment) Declaration 2017 (No 1)—Disallowable Instrument DI2017-199 (LR, 10 August 2017).

Race and Sports Bookmaking Act—Race and Sports Bookmaking (Sports Bookmaking Events) Determination 2017 (No 1)—Disallowable Instrument DI2017-200 (LR, 10 August 2017).

Appropriation Bill 2017-2018

[Cognate bill:

Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2017-2018

Cognate papers:

Estimates 2017-2018—Select Committee report

Estimates 2017-2018—Select Committee—government response]

Detail stage

Schedule 1—Appropriations—Proposed expenditure.

Education Directorate—Part 1.9.

Debate resumed.

MR PETTERSSON (Yerrabi) (3.18): The 2017-18 ACT budget is a budget for all Canberrans. With this in mind, our Labor government is investing in Canberra's schools. A well-funded education system is essential for children to succeed. Our budget prioritises education. This is vital to ensure that ACT students are equipped to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

Canberrans fundamentally believe in the fair go but this value is under threat. The current trend in rising economic inequality is a direct attack on these values. Education is a vital component in combating inequality. Well-funded public schools are essential to ensuring that our education system is not two-tiered or socially stratified. A good education should not depend on your postcode or on your parents' bank balance.

An equitably funded school system is vital to ensuring that disadvantaged students do not face further obstacles in the classroom. The ACT government has long been leading the way in this area, with Canberra schools being some of the best funded schools in this country. This budget will continue to ensure that all Canberra students can continue to flourish and grow through education. We know that, for students to


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