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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 9 Hansard (24 August) . .

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Thursday, 24 August 2017

MADAM SPEAKER (Ms Burch) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Petition

The following petition was lodged for presentation:

Safe schools program—petition 21-17

By Mr Wall, from 998 residents:

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory

This petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly that:

      •     Many ACT residents and their families have serious concerns about the political and social agenda of Safe Schools Coalition (SSCA), the Safe Schools Program (SSP) they have created and materials children will be exposed to.

      •     We have concerns about the veracity of the research presented to justify the use of SSP in ACT Schools.

      •     We feel greatly concerned that SSCA materials & associated resources are inappropriate and could lead to more identity confusion and anxiety in developing children.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to call on the ACT Chief Minister and ACT Education Minister to stop any and all current and future ACT Government support and funding to the Safe Schools Coalition program. We further request the removal of the SSP and associated resources from ACT Schools where it may already be in use.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petition would be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate minister for response pursuant to standing order 100, the petition was received.

Pursuant to standing order 99A, the petition, having more than 500 signatories, was referred to the Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Youth Affairs.

MR WALL (Brindabella) (10.04), by leave: The petition I have presented today is from 998 Canberra residents who continue to hold severe concerns around the appropriateness of the safe schools program being rolled out across ACT schools. The concern that is demonstrated in this petition highlights what I believe is a lack of


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