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groups and so on—to make sure that we dig ourselves out of this hole. That is what this motion is about. It is about making sure that the minister and her directorate develop that plan, because, as I said, we do not want to be here in years to come with the same problem. This is simply calling for that plan, and that it be supported by the relevant workforce analysis and data that would be necessary to make it a viable and workable plan.

I thank the members for their contributions. I think that this is a good day—we seldom get them in opposition—but if we can get a report from the government that develops a body of work that helps us address the teacher shortage that is plaguing our schools, then that is a great outcome, and I thank the minister and I thank the member of the Greens, Mr Davis, who has contributed to this. I look forward to seeing the report.

Hopefully, what we get out of this will be a workforce analysis of the numbers of teachers required by 2028 and some other data, but also a plan with costings, delivery dates and how we are going to recruit and retain teachers to address the problem in the ACT. Hopefully, that will be a longer-term plan that leads us out to that 2028 timeframe. I accept that there is no short-term fix to this; there is no silver-bullet fix to this. It is going to take a bit of time and it is going to take a lot of work. I acknowledge that there is work occurring already through the taskforce. That is a good thing, but I note that when I asked questions about the taskforce, I was told that it was not going to be providing any reports. Part of the reason for instigating this motion today was to make sure that there is a body of work that we can all refer to.

I think that it is going to be tough at the frontline of our schools for some time to come, but if we all have an agreement here—and if the Labor Party, the Liberal Party and the Greens acknowledge the problem and accept the fact that we have to do everything we can to resolve the problem—that is a good thing. We will still have our barneys in here, I have no doubt, but I am genuinely delighted by the support of this motion today. I hope that it has a useful impact on the problems that we are facing in our schools at the moment.

Amendment agreed to.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Gaming—online gambling and advertising

MS ORR (Yerrabi) (3.41), by leave: On behalf of Dr Paterson, I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) Australia has one of the biggest gambling markets in the world per capita – from poker machines to online gambling (including sports betting and horse racing);

(b) while the ACT Government has an extensive reform initiative to address harm from poker machines, it has limited levers to address the issue of online gambling and television advertising;

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