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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 10 Hansard (19 September) . . Page.. 3773 ..


I submit again that the Inquiries Act is the only legal instrument we have at our disposal that will allow this to happen appropriately.

I commend the motion. The Canberra Liberals will not be supporting the amendment circulated by Ms Fitzharris.

Question put:

That the amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 11: Ms J Burch Ms Cheyne Ms Cody Ms Fitzharris Ms Le Couteur Ms Orr Mr Pettersson Mr Ramsay Mr Rattenbury Mr Steel Ms Stephen-Smith

Noes 8: Miss C Burch Mr Coe Mrs Dunne Mr Hanson Mrs Kikkert Ms Lawder Ms Lee Mr Wall

Amendment agreed to.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Music education—funding

MS LEE (Kurrajong) (11.57): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) the ACT Government has withdrawn funding from the H Course in music from 2019 with no explanation and no alternative for students who, for 35 years, have relied on this pathway to a career in music;

(b) the H Course offers an advanced music program for year 11 and 12 students run by the Australian National University's School of Music and funded by the ACT Government;

(c) music teachers, music practitioners and music administrators in classical and jazz music started their careers through this program;

(d) H Courses are designed and accredited by an Australian higher education provider and successful completion of the course is recognised towards an undergraduate degree with that provider; and

(e) H Courses may contribute to the student's ATAR calculation; and

(2) calls on the ACT Government to:

(a) restore the $275 000 annual support for this course; and

(b) provide assurances to students in the other 12 H Courses that their programmes are not under similar threat of closure.


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