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It maintains the integrity of the ACT’s registration and insurance frameworks by prescribing that ACT registration is required after a vehicle is at an ACT garage address for three months. It supports a reduction in transport emissions by introducing offences to protect the use and availability of dedicated electric vehicle parking and charging bays. It provides an improvement to the administration and efficiency of the road transport legislation through a number of minor or technical amendments.

I am pleased to conclude the debate on this bill. I look forward to its passage so that we have the improved frameworks in place, the right rules in place, to support safe and responsible behaviour as we expand the availability and use of e-scooters and improved vehicle technology here in the ACT.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 11.38 am to 2.00 pm.

Ministerial arrangements

MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Early Childhood Development, Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister for Women) (2.00): The Chief Minister will be absent from question time today, for personal reasons. I will endeavour to take questions on notice or respond to them if I can.

Questions without notice

Calwell High School—safety

MS LEE: My question is to the Minister for Education and Youth Affairs. Minister, I refer to the story in today’s Canberra Times titled “School like a war zone.” The deeply troubling report reads:

… inspectors found teachers and administration staff were being abused, sworn at, screamed at and subjected to sexualised behaviour or violence from students on a daily basis …

One teacher had been assaulted the previous week while trying to prevent one student from assaulting another, resulting in a dislocated shoulder, several broken teeth, welts to the lower arm and bruising to the back.

WorkSafe ACT has now issued a prohibition notice stating that year 7 and 8 cohorts are prohibited from being on the school premises. This situation has been called unprecedented by the teachers union.

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