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To underline the point raised earlier, in all seriousness, there will continue to be conjecture in this place over the policy positions of our respective federal parties and their influences on the housing and rental affordability crisis more broadly. But I think it does actually reflect very well on this Assembly that all three parties have agreed on regular occasions that our city is facing a housing and rental affordability crisis, and that there will now be two committee inquiries looking at different aspects of that crisis as it relates to what is happening in the ACT.
Mr Parton: If this committee so chooses.
MR DAVIS: Thank you, Mr Parton. I will take that interjection. I have got to get my language right. Should the committee so choose. We continue to see regular announcements from the executive around investments, particularly at the social and affordable housing and homelessness end of our responsibility. I am usually want for a joke or a bit of a gag, as Mr Parton would know, but this is a very serious issue and I am delighted that there seems to be universal agreement across the Assembly that it is worthy of an inquiry.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Education and Community Inclusion—Standing Committee
MR PETTERSSON (Yerrabi) (12.06): I present the following report, which was circulated to members pursuant to standing order 254C:
Education and Community Inclusion—Standing Committee—Report 3—Managing ACT School Infrastructure, dated 4 May 2022, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.
That the report be noted.
I rise to speak to the education and community inclusions committee’s report of the inquiry into the management of ACT school infrastructure. This is the committee’s third report in the current Assembly. The committee considered a wide range of issues relating to school infrastructure management during its inquiry. These included the evaluation and management of school capacity; the design of classrooms and other infrastructure, including from a sustainability and climate control perspective; flexibility for students and for teachers with a disability; and the management of hazardous materials.
The committee took evidence from stakeholders during 2021 and 2022. We received 24 written submissions and conducted nine public hearings. In addition, the committee conducted site visits at 10 schools throughout the ACT, including touring the premises and meeting with key personnel.
The key things which emerged from the evidence included improving school enrolment projection methodologies and capacity planning to ensure that sufficient,