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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 11 Hansard (23 October) . . Page.. 4117 ..


I also want to briefly mention the report released yesterday by the Grattan Institute looking into student progress on key indicators such as literacy and numeracy. The finding that ACT students are two to three months behind comparable students in other jurisdictions in some of these indicators is concerning and follows similar findings from other independent reports over recent years.

As I mentioned earlier, in order to improve these students' outcomes, we need the best teachers and strong leadership from our principals. Providing our teachers with opportunities for professional development, supporting them working with complex students, and providing them with the remuneration and resources they need are all essential to ensuring that our students can achieve the best possible results.

We have discussed this issue previously in this place and the recently released future of education strategy will provide opportunities to address this concerning trend. But we must continue to monitor these results and if we do not start to see improvements, then further action will be required.

Teachers are a crucial part of our education system and our society as a whole. Teachers play a central role in the lives of children for the formative years of their development, and the importance of teachers is something that cannot be underestimated. I thank Ms Cody for bringing forward this matter of public importance today and am pleased to reiterate the Greens' commitment to supporting and valuing our teachers in the territory.

Discussion concluded.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 22

MS LEE (Kurrajong) (4.15): I present the following report:

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee (Legislative Scrutiny Role)—Scrutiny Report 22, dated 16 October 2018, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MS LEE: Scrutiny report 22 contains the committee's comments on four bills, eight pieces of subordinate legislation and seven government responses. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Scrutiny—reference

Motion (by Ms Lee, by leave) agreed to:


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