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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 4 Hansard (1 April) . . Page.. 1642..

(1) The Arts curriculum in ACT schools is guided by the Arts Curriculum Framework 1993 and supported by The arts - a curriculum profile for Australian schools 1994. Neither document refers to graffiti art specifically. Some ACT schools produce a mural which could be considered a legal form of graffiti art. In working towards the production of a mural, students would study and demonstrate an awareness of the ethical issues as well as an understanding of community needs in relation to art in public spaces. Mural production in schools also allows students to demonstrate their ability to use visual arts learning and work in teams in a collaborative exercise. A recent email survey of public schools across the ACT revealed that no schools implemented specific programs about graffiti as part of art classes, although the issue of graffiti art could be canvassed in other subject areas.

(2) Several ACT schools both primary and secondary have been fortunate in securing the services of highly respected Indigenous artists to assist students in designing and constructing murals which feature themes of cultural diversity and inclusivity. The study of the issues related to graffiti, and design of community spaces may be included in visual arts and other curriculum areas where it is relevant to the issues being considered. In legal studies, for example, graffiti art could be studied in relation to ethics and responsibility. In English, where the issue is raised in a literary text, research questions related to legal forms of graffiti art (not defacing property) could be issued to students.

Canberra Institute of Technology-student accommodation

(Question No 1322)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice, on 3 March 2004:

(1) Did the December CIT newsletter contain an article on the student housing crisis stating that new accommodation at CIT will be available and ready to use by April, 2004; if so, are works on track for this accommodation to be available at this time;

(2) Will the promised total of 48 places be available in the new complex.

Ms Gallagher

: The answer to Mrs Burke's question is:

(1) I confirm that CIT's news magazine Contacts (Number 33, dated December 2003) contained an article titled 'Canberra Institute of Technology relieves Student Housing Crisis', stating 'The accommodation is expected to be available and ready for use in April 2004'.

The new student accommodation, currently under construction on CIT's Bruce Campus is proceeding according to schedule. The accommodation consists of two buildings (each of 24 rooms) with the first building scheduled for occupancy during the Easter break in April with the second building to be completed in early May.

(2) Yes. The two buildings will accommodate a total of 48 students in single rooms.

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