Page 921 - Week 03 - Thursday, 7 April 2022

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We are in the middle of that engagement. First of all, we had that feedback through our survey, which is reflected in the listening report. I can certainly table that at the end of the sittings, to be shared with all members. We are undertaking some targeted engagement as well, in particular related to arts support. I am reluctant to go to the detail of what we have heard so far, simply because it would just be a snapshot and we are in the middle of that. I will certainly return to the chamber when those consultations have concluded and give the full suite of feedback that we have heard from artists. We look forward to a really exciting number of actions that come from it to show that we can grow our arts community in Canberra into the future and support them properly.

MS CASTLEY: Minister, can you tell us about the $92,500 federal funding boost for live music venues in the ACT?


Opposition members interjecting—

Ms Castley: Can the minister take that on notice?

MR ACTING SPEAKER: With respect, you have asked her about federal funding.

Ms Castley: Mr Acting Speaker, she said that the federal funding has been cut.

MR ACTING SPEAKER: Questions without notice, members. Who has a new question? Mr Cain.

Calwell High School—communication

MR CAIN: My question is to the minister for education and relates to communication to parents about Calwell High School. There are reports in the Canberra Times today that parents who have spoken to the Canberra Times said they were unaware of the full extent of the staff shortages and safety issues until they saw media reports of daily incidents of verbal and physical abuse from students to other student and teachers. I know, Minister, that you do not like hearing what parents are saying; you consider that to be inflammatory in this place, but one parent is quoted as saying:

It's unacceptable that it had to get to this stage before we heard anything about it.

Minister, why did parents have to find out through the media about this situation?

MS BERRY: There are no daily physical abuses in the school, and the parents were informed on the day of the incident.

MR CAIN: Minister, why did it have to get to this stage, a WorkSafe report banning children from school, before the community heard about it?

MS BERRY: I refer the member to my previous answer.

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