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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 4 Hansard (4 May) . . Page.. 1180..

MR CORBELL (continuing):

shown. I have no doubt that, with the assistance of members, the ACT legal profession will be ready to play its part in implementing this significant step forward for the practice of law in Australia.

In summary, this is an extremely long and detailed piece of legislation. That is necessarily so because of the need to ensure the applicability and consistency of all aspects of governance and management of legal professions across all jurisdictions. I do not expect that members will be able to examine the whole of this bill in detail, but I would like to place on the record that officers in my department are at the disposal of any member who wishes to be briefed in detail, noting, of course, the need to see this bill operational by the middle of this year.

I should also note that, because there is a continuing effort to perfect a number of the more complex areas of the model legislation, all jurisdictions have acknowledged that they will need to return to their parliaments with amendments to their respective new acts. In the meantime, it has been agreed that the primary objective of instituting a nationally consistent legal practice should be met without further delay. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

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

Education Amendment Bill 2006

Mr Barr , pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR BARR (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation and Minister for Industrial Relations) (10.58): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

I am pleased to table today my very first piece of legislation, the Education Amendment Bill 2006. Since the Education Act came into force in 2005, we have seen new and more robust guidelines on registering non-government schools, new registrations of students being home educated and the establishment of new statutory bodies to provide the minister for education with advice on government and non-government school education.

However, as occurs with the introduction of new legislation, a number of implementation issues have arisen during the 16 months that the act has been in place. This bill will address a number of technical amendments, as well as addressing some definitional problems that have become apparent.

The intent of the Education Act has always been that the government should provide activities that are essential for students in government-funded schools to meet curriculum outcomes. However, there are some activities, services and facilities that enrich the school experience where schools can expect parents to contribute towards costs. These include overseas excursions. In early 2005 considerable effort was undertaken by

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