Page 2148 - Week 07 - Tuesday, 2 August 2022

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workers across the board. We are always in the ACT government keen to continue our working relationship with WorkSafe—to understand and hear from their expertise and to have a different set of eyes on our workplaces so we can ensure we are meeting the requirements under the work safety act. That is what we are seeing from WorkSafe. It is absolutely vital that there is an independent organisation like WorkSafe to continue that work. It saves lives, and it means that our workplaces are safe, regardless of where they are in our community.

Education—public schools

MS ORR: My question is to the minister for education. Minister, how is the ACT government ensuring that every family has access to a great local public school, especially as our city grows?

MS BERRY: I thank Ms Orr for her question and her interest in public schools across the ACT. Of course, we are absolutely committed to making sure that every family has access to a great local school. Education is one of the most significant factors in ensuring equal opportunities for everyone, no matter their life background or circumstances. For this reason, the ACT government is investing in expanding capacity at public schools, renewing schools and building new schools across the community to meet Canberra’s needs.

The ACT government is modernising and expanding Majura Primary School by up to 300 places, as growth in that region increases demand. The government is also increasing school capacity through the installation of three modular learning centres and re-using eight existing modular learning centres across ACT public schools to meet projected enrolment growth and classroom needs.

Investing in flexible, high-quality modular learning centres means that the ACT government can meet changing demand across the ACT public school system. This initiative builds on more than 20 modular learning centres funded through the 2021-22 budget and the August 2020 economic and fiscal update.

Opposition members interjecting—

Ms Berry: Madam Speaker, I raise a point of order.


Ms Berry: I am standing very close, and whilst there is perspex between us, I can hear the interjections by the deputy opposition leader, as well as the giggling of the Leader of the Opposition. Their behaviour is embarrassing for themselves, and their constant interjections are making it difficult for me to respond to this question.

MADAM SPEAKER: I remind members that, with respect to interjections, very soon you will be warned.

MS BERRY: More and more families are choosing our public schools. The ACT government will continue to build more schools and invest in our world-class public

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