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MRS KIKKERT (Ginninderra) (2.50), in reply: In closing, I am dumbfounded by the minister’s response because I said that there were two questions that I had asked. She answered one question; however, the particular question on Dhulwa Mental Health Unit was left unanswered. We checked this morning with chamber support just in case we had missed something. They confirmed that that question has not been answered at all. The minister still needs to provide an answer, under standing orders, to our question taken on notice. Thank you.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Gentleman) agreed to:

That leave of absence be granted to Ms Burch for today and tomorrow for CPA business.

Motion (by Mr Braddock) agreed to:

That leave of absence by granted to Mr Davis for today for health reasons.

Public schools—funding

MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (2.52): I move:


(1) this Assembly notes that:

(a) according to Table 4A.14 in the latest Productivity Commission Report on Government Services, the ACT Government has cut real expenditure per full-time equivalent student in public schools by 3.3 percent during the period 2010-11 to 2019-20;

(b) during the same reporting period, the Australian Federal Government funding to ACT public schools has increased by 42 percent; and

(c) during the decade reporting period, a critical shortage in teacher shortage, resources and infrastructure has emerged in the ACT;

(2) in the Assembly committee inquiry into the Auditor-General’s report on teacher quality, it was discovered that:

(a) teacher shortages were causing many classes to be combined, putting staff at risk, with teachers fearing for their safety in classes of up to 60;

(b) many staff did not have the time resources to do their job effectively;

(c) many teachers spent time assisting families with accessing support for their mental health, housing problems, medical issues and other welfare concerns;

(d) some schools do not have a school library or staff room because the space has been converted to classroom spaces while others were teaching in modified corridor spaces;

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