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Since they are smart enough to know that that is not happening, brilliant teachers are leaving their classrooms behind.

Minister, how many teachers have left the ACT system in the last two years?

MS BERRY: I will have to take that question on notice.

MR CAIN: I have a supplementary question. Minister, how many vital support positions, such as relief teachers and learning assistants have left the ACT system in the last two years?

MS BERRY: I will take that question on notice. If I have that level of detail then I will provide it to the Assembly, but I will have to seek advice from the Education Directorate.

MR HANSON: Minister, how many of the currently advertised positions are actually there simply to refill positions that have been vacated?

MS BERRY: Obviously, when you are recruiting new staff to a workplace, that can be to fill existing vacancies. That could be for a variety of reasons. It could be maternity leave, parental leave, retirement. All are not leaving the system because they are burnt out. I have to say that for our teaching community the lack of respect and the value that they do not get from the members of the opposition around the work that they do, is exactly the kinds of things that they talk about when they are devalued in such a way. Then there are obviously reasons why they would not want to continue when they have to continually defend the great public schools that they work in every day against the constant attacks from the Canberra Liberals. It is unbelievable that there is this constant attack.

Opposition members interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Members! Ms Berry has to floor if she wants to continue.

MS BERRY: I have finished, thanks, Madam Speaker.

Canberra Institute of Technology—Woden campus

DR PATERSON: My question is to the Minister for Skills. Minister, could you please provide an update on the construction of the new CIT campus in Woden?

MR STEEL: I thank Dr Paterson for her question. I am really excited to update the Assembly that this week we have announced that Lendlease is the preferred tenderer for the design and construction of the new CIT Woden campus. Lendlease has a long history in Woden, having first built the Woden Plaza, and is experienced both locally and internationally in delivering large-scale infrastructure projects. We are very confident that their expertise in design and construction will help to support the successful delivery of a digitally enabled, innovative and modern CIT campus with vibrant common areas and integrated green spaces.

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