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nation-leading support for mental health, and millions invested in waterways and catchments, biodiversity and tree cover. These are the services and infrastructure Canberrans want.

On that basis, I commend the budget to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Gentleman) adjourned to the next sitting.

Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2023-2024

Debate (on motion by Mr Gentleman) adjourned to the next sitting.

Select Committee on Estimates 2023-2024

Reference

Motion (by Mr Gentleman) agreed to:

That the Appropriation Bill 2023-2024 and the Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2023-2024 be referred to the Select Committee on Estimates 2023-2024 for inquiry and report by 18 August 2023.

Adjournment

Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Education—learning difficulties

MR PETTERSSON (Yerrabi) (5.49): I rise today to speak about the accommodations available for students with learning difficulties in ACT public schools. This issue has come to my attention because of the experiences of Jasmin, a work experience student who has joined my office this week and written this speech.

Learning difficulties are conditions that can cause an individual to experience problems in a traditional classroom learning environment. There are a broad range of learning difficulties that people can face—anything from ADHD all the way to dyslexia—and these difficulties are more common than most people would think. For example, most people do not know that dyslexia affects 10 per cent of the Australian population. Furthermore, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD, affects five per cent of Australians.

If we were to think about that in the context of college, a class may have up to 25 students. Considering the prevalence of both dyslexia and ADHD in the broader community, and noting that there are many other learning difficulties out there, three or so students in a class of 25 will have learning difficulties. To assist them with their education, there are assessment adjustments that these students can access. For example, during tests and exams students that have learning difficulties can get extra


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