Page 1902 - Week 06 - Thursday, 9 June 2022

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Ainslie and associated school communities. As with all government infrastructure projects, the timing to deliver permanent expansions is subject to future decisions by the government and the ACT budget process.

Along with these major projects, we are installing transportable, high-quality, purpose-built learning spaces across a number of schools to support the increasing enrolments in our public school system. These additional classrooms are open, spacious, comfortable and exciting learning environments. They are modern, fully insulated, equipped with heating and cooling and designed to meet current energy targets, with all the same comforts and infrastructure as a permanent learning space.

Madam Speaker, as you can probably tell, I am excited to share with you all of the details of our commitment to deliver new schools, modernisations, expansions and upgrades across the ACT region. All of these new, expanded, sustainable public schools will operate with net zero carbon emissions, which will help us to move towards the ACT government’s new zero emissions target by 2045. I am proud of the amazing schools we have built and the infrastructure investments that help cater to the ACT’s growing population. I am also proud of our continued commitment to ensuring that there is a place for every child in one of our great local public schools.

I present the following paper:

Investment in new schools and school modernisations—Ministerial statement, 9 June 2022.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Domestic and family violence report—government response

Ministerial statement

MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Early Childhood Development, Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister for Women) (10.13): “The hardest part ended up not being the rape but how the system responded.” These are the powerful words of one of the victim-survivors who participated in the consultations held as part of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program last year.

On 28 April 2021 responsible ministers, all political parties, the directors-general of all ACT public service directorates, the Chief of Police and representatives from the non-government sector came together to make a clear statement to take action to prevent and respond to sexual violence in the ACT. I am proud to have stood alongside members of each political party represented in the Assembly to commit to this work and make progress with a united front.

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