Page 1476 - Week 05 - Wednesday, 1 June 2022

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MR GENTLEMAN: I understand that Minister Vassarotti is working through that at the moment, so I will take the detail on notice.

MR CAIN: Minister, why won’t your government agree to waive development application fees for remediation works?

MR GENTLEMAN: The work that we are doing to facilitate the removal of combustible cladding is around the loan scheme that Minister Vassarotti has announced already. That is the detail of the work that she is doing.

Opposition members interjecting—


Calwell High School—safety

MR HANSON: My question is to the minister for education. Following the forced closure of Calwell High School due to safety concerns, it has been revealed that the school will face a special purpose review. The special purpose review will examine student learning and engagement, teaching practices, leadership practices and organisational practices. Minister, who is conducting the review, what are the terms of reference and what is the time frame for reporting?

MS BERRY: Yes, Mr Hanson is correct; a review into Calwell High School has begun, and a number of expert education members across the country have been engaged in that review. The review has already begun—it started yesterday, I believe—and will be completed next week. I do not have the actual names of the people on the review, but I can get that information for Mr Hanson before the end of question time today.

MR HANSON: Minister, could you perhaps provide the terms of reference as well, if you do not have that to hand. Minister, will you commit to making the findings of that review public as soon as they are provided to the government?

MS BERRY: I will, if it is appropriate to do so, but it is an internal review for the school to be able to utilise. If there are aspects of that review that are appropriate for public release, then I will do that.

MS LEE: Minister, why won’t you conduct a system-wide review across all schools?

MS BERRY: Our schools are great schools, and we have been working very hard with our school communities in our public school system to understand some of the concerns that have been happening over the last couple of years, particularly regarding the teaching workforce crisis. We have set up a task force, and engaged with and listened to the expertise within our school communities about the kinds of things we can do as a community, as a government and as a school system to support our schools through what has been a very difficult time; and to overcome a teaching shortage that is existing across the country, and from which the ACT government is not immune.

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