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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 5 Hansard (10 May) . . Page.. 1548 ..


MR COE (Yerrabi—Leader of the Opposition) (11.44), by leave: I, too, acknowledge the 1,483 petitioners who signed the petition on safe and inclusive schools seeking the Assembly's support to ensure all children are safe and supported by any and all ACT schools. Of course, we support appropriate resources being available to teachers at all of our schools. Of course, the petitioners will be pleased to learn that this initiative is already available. The new safe and inclusive schools initiative addresses many of the concerns raised by a number of Canberra parents about the previous program.

Unlike the former program, this program has been developed with the input of a range of education, parent, health-community and professional organisations in both the government and non-government school sectors. It is supported by the ACT government, funded through the ACT Education Directorate and delivered by health and community organisations.

The SAIS initiative will work directly with schools who request support, information or expertise and school leaders who are able to specify the particular types of assistance that they require. Schools will be able to determine what types of support and services they need and when they need them. Unlike the predecessor program, it is not part of the curriculum.

The SAIS initiative is relatively new, and we will be observing its continued rollout. We also ask that teachers and the education minister keep all members of the Assembly abreast of how the initiative is being rolled out and whether it is meeting its stated objectives.

Whilst we are speaking about this initiative, I point out that the ACT Labor Party Facebook page made a number of false and incorrect allegations, and I hope they will refrain from doing this in the future. ACT Labor should refrain from creating division within our community on this issue. Once again, those opposite are using a complex issue involving people who are struggling with serious issues for their own grandstanding and point-scoring. The opposition—the Canberra Liberals—believe everyone has a place in our school communities and that we should put in place measures to support all students.

Education, Employment and Youth Affairs—Standing Committee

Report 3

MR PETTERSSON (Yerrabi) (11.46): I present the following report:

Education, Employment and Youth Affairs—Standing Committee—Report 3—Inquiry into the Extent, Nature and Consequence of Insecure Work in the ACT, dated 1 May 2018, including additional comments (Mr Pettersson and Mr Steel) and a dissenting report (Mr Wall and Mrs Kikkert), together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.


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