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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 4 Hansard (12 April) . .

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The SAIS ACT website provides a "menu" of supports offered to schools that choose to engage with the SAIS initiative. All schools, government and non-government, have access to the material. The committee was advised that there are not curriculum resources for use in the classroom; rather, there are supports to develop capability in staff and school leaders.

In light of the minister's response to the petition and the information provided to the committee in a private briefing, the committee has decided that it will not inquire further into the matters raised in petition 21-17, safe schools program.

The committee would like to thank the Director-General, Deputy Director-General and Director of Student Engagement of the Education Directorate for assisting the committee at the briefing.

Statement by chair

MR PETTERSSON (Yerrabi) (12.16): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Youth Affairs. At a private meeting on 9 April 2018 the committee resolved to extend the reporting date for its inquiry into the extent, nature and consequence of insecure work in the ACT to the last sitting day in May 2018.

Sitting suspended from 12.17 to 2.30 pm.

Ministerial arrangements

MR BARR: As members would be aware, Ms Fitzharris is away from the Assembly today. For question time, questions for the Minister for Health and Wellbeing will be directed to Minister Rattenbury, questions on Transport and City Services will be directed to Minister Gentleman and questions on Higher Education, Training and Research will be directed to me.

Questions without notice

Taxation—unit rating system

MR COE: My question is to the Treasurer. I refer to media reports today that a former Treasurer, Ted Quinlan, questioned the fairness of the new rating system for units. Mr Quinlan said that the new system created "inequity which penalises some owners within larger complexes compared to those in an establishment with a few individual units—all other things being equal". Treasurer, why have you introduced a rates system that penalises some owners within larger complexes compared to those in an establishment with a few individual units, all other things being equal?

MR BARR: I do not believe I have.

MR COE: Treasurer, is the former Treasurer wrong, and is the former Treasurer not well equipped and not sufficiently experienced to make this sort of commentary?

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