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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 7 Hansard (15 August) . . Page.. 2097..


By Dr Foskey, from 2,910 residents:


The Petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly that : The Chief Minister announced on June 6 his government's plan to close Dickson College.

We the undersigned believe that this decision discriminates against the students of North Canberra by closing the only stand alone college in North Canberra.

We believe it is the responsibility of the ACT government to provide students of North Canberra with the same educational choices that are available to families elsewhere in the ACT by providing access to a locally based secondary college.

Your petitioners therefore request the members of the assembly to overturn this decision and keep Dickson College open.


By Ms Porter, from 2,020 residents:

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory,

This petition draws to the attention of the Assembly that the Department of Education and Training is intending to close GIRALANG PRIMARY at the end of 2006.

Your constituents therefore request that the Assembly, as urgent priority, review the decision to close the school due to the overwhelming concern about the detrimental educational, social and health effects this closure will have on the children and the community of Giralang.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petitions would be recorded in Hansard and a copy of each petition referred to the appropriate minister, the petitions were received.

Petitions on school closures

Proposed reference to standing committee

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (10.31): I move:

That the petitions relating to proposed school closures be referred to the Standing Committee on Education, Training and Young People.

I think the motion is self-explanatory. There is considerable community concern about the school closures. We have significant petitions from across the territory and these will

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