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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 8 Hansard (19 August) . . Page.. 2857..


MRS DUNNE (continuing):

How can you write to teachers and tell us that your government "recognises the valuable role of teachers and the importance of appropriate remuneration"when you stand by as your department puts forwards an offer that offends teachers and incites prolonged industrial action, which will disrupt schools and the lives of families with young children across the Territory.

This is a teacher from Narrabundah College. I'm getting countless emails. I hope you're getting the emails, and I hope that you're actually taking notice of the teachers. I was at a function last night where I met two or three teachers-interestingly enough, young, male teachers. I'm constantly getting things from young, male teachers, like this one:

It's time to pay teachers what they deserve. I'm 25 years old and a teacher who's been working in the system for three years. With the higher pay rates interstate and plenty of job opportunities overseas it has become increasingly difficult to justify staying in the system. Staff do not feel valued by this government. They do not feel valued by the department. Do they feel valued by the community?

MR SPEAKER: Order! The time for this debate has expired.

Mr Quinlan: Saved.

MRS DUNNE: I thought it was a good time to end.

Estimates 2003-2004 (No 2)-Select Committee

Membership

MR SPEAKER: I've been notified in writing of the following nominations for the membership of the Select Committee on Estimates 2003-2004 (No 2): Ms Dundas, Mr Hargreaves, Mr Smyth.

Motion (by Mr Wood ) agreed to:

That the members so nominated be appointed as members of the Select Committee on Estimates 2003-2004 (No 2).

Suspension of standing orders

Motion (by Mr Wood ) agreed to, with the concurrence of an absolute majority:

That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent Assembly business order of the day, relating to the disallowance of Variation No 200 to the Territory Plan, being called on forthwith.

Territory Plan-variation No 200

Debate resumed.

MRS DUNNE (8.51), in reply: Actually, Mr Speaker, it's a day for being verballed. I was verballed by Ms Tucker about what I said-


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