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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 6 Hansard (6 June) . . Page.. 1786..

MR BARR (continuing):

undertaken, the final proposal differed from the original one on the vital issue of school size.

Successful learning at school is the foundation of lifelong learning, something which the students of today and the future will need to engage in if they are to operate effectively in the new workplace environment. I want every student attending one of the ACT's public schools to be well set on that pathway.

The principles of consultation set out in this amendment will make clear to the Canberra community the government's commitment to engaging in meaningful debate about the shape of our school system and the nature of educational opportunity it provides to our children. We owe it to every child to recognise that the ACT cannot function as it did 30 years ago. This is not the 1970s. We need to take up the challenge of thinking realistically about how to deliver quality educational outcomes across the territory. This is more than just bean counting. It is about responding to a changing world and not allowing ourselves to be too busy or too distracted to do the necessary work to secure the future of our public education system.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Dunne ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Executive contracts

Papers and statement by minister

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra-Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Minister for the Arts): For the information of members, I present the following papers:

Public Sector Management Act, pursuant to sections 31A and 79-Copies of executive contracts or instruments-

Contract variations:

Alan Galbraith, dated 22 March 2006.

Lincoln Hawkins, dated 26 April 2006.

Marion Wands, dated 18 and 26 April 2006.

Russell Watkinson, dated 18 April 2006.

Stephen Finn, dated 9 May 2006.

Stephen Ryan, dated 24 April 2006.

Long-term contracts:

Bernard Sheville, dated 1 May 2006.

Marion Wands, dated 27 February 2006.

Sue Dever, dated 22 February 2006.

Susanna Kiemann, dated 22 February 2006.

Tracy Hicks, dated 23 March 2006.

Short-term contracts:

Helen Pappas, dated 19 April 2006.

Ian Cox, dated 22 April 2006.

Ian Waters, dated 15 and 19 May 2006.

John Douglas Meyer.

Moira Crowhurst, dated 19 and 21 December 2005.

Peter Ottesen, dated 4 May 2006.

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