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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 8 Hansard (16 August) . . Page.. 3032 ..

The response read as follows:

Dear Mr Duncan

I refer to the letter of 20 March 2018 from the Acting Clerk Ms Julia Agostino, regarding petition No 6-18, requesting the reinstatement of the light rail stop planned for Mitchell.

I am pleased to advise that funding has been allocated in 2018-19 for preliminary planning and detailed design of the light rail stop at Mitchell.

Construction of the Mitchell stop will occur during 2019-20.

Thank you for raising this matter. I trust the information provided is of assistance.

Future of education

Ministerial statement

MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Minister for Women and Minister for Sport and Recreation) (10.04): Before I begin my ministerial statement, I would like to acknowledge some other guests in the chamber today. We have Laura Mobini-Kesheh from the minister's student congress, Shaylah McClymont from the minister's student congress, Daniella Titulaer from Bonython Primary School, Toby Krog from Bonython Primary School, Josh Simms from Gowrie Primary School, Levi Davies and his father, Ben Davies, from Charles Weston School, Greg Baines and students from Merici College, Tim McNevin and students from Galilee School, as well as education directorate officials and Glenn Fowler from the Australian Education Union. I also acknowledge and thank my Labor colleagues and Greens members who are here in the chamber today to listen to this important statement.

Madam Speaker, the ACT government went to the 2016 election with a commitment to make our city's education system even better. Our goal was to lay out a plan for how education will be delivered to meet the needs of the next generation, for every student. I kicked this work off at the beginning of 2017 intending to have a big conversation with the ACT community. My aim was a conversation involving parents, teachers, school leaders, other educators, experts and community organisations. Vitally, children and young people were to have a strong voice as the people most affected by the decisions made today.

I am happy to outline today that a big conversation has in fact been had and the product of this conversation is a future of education strategy that lays out a road map for work over the coming 10 years. It is aimed at the whole system and all schools: government and non-government, systemic and independent. Alongside it, the government will be developing an early childhood strategy which will make sure every child is set up for success.

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