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Lastly, the Plastic Reduction Act 2021 is being amended to align the definition of “compostable plastics” with the rest of the legislation and with Australian Standards.

The work of Transport Canberra and City Services supports the lives of every single Canberran every day; and the amendments in the bill provide more clarity and consistency in the legislative foundation for these services, giving the community confidence that our laws are practical and translate to operations on the ground.

I thank members for their contribution in the chamber today and I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 11.34 am to 2 pm.

Questions without notice

Education—school funding

MR HANSON: My question is to the Minister for Education and Youth Affairs. Minister, I refer to correspondence from an ACT high school principal to parents. I will quote from the letter: “Some classes may be combined. Some students may learn online, usually in the library. On some days, students may have supervised lessons in the playground. Students may work independently or participate in activities such as watching a movie or playing board games, and excursions may be postponed or cancelled.” Minister, how will the educational impact of your failure to provide proper resources and structured learning be measured, and will you make the results public?

MS BERRY: I am not completely sure of the letter that Mr Hanson has read from today or the context in which it is written. I am assuming it is a public school and that it relates to the shortage in the teacher workforce. He has given me a nod. At the start of this year, the Education Directorate wrote to our schools to explain that, given that covid still had a long tail and there were still covid cases in the community, and combined with the flu season coming up, it was likely that schools would face staffing work shortages. The Education Directorate has worked really closely with individual schools to make sure that they can access their own relief staff but also to put in a method of teaching where there are staff shortages, where it will mean that teaching will not be provided in the same way that it normally is. So schools are arranging their teaching rosters and communicating with parents and school communities about what that might look like for the short term so that education can still continue. However, it will continue in a different way.


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