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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 7 Hansard (16 August) . . Page.. 2201..


Wednesday, 16 August 2006

The Assembly met at 10.30 am.

MR SPEAKER (Mr Berry) took the chair and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Petitions

The following petitions were lodged for presentation:

Schools—closures

By Dr Foskey, from 59 residents:

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

This petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly that there is considerable disquiet with the ACT Government's proposal to close 39 schools and preschools, particularly as some are marked for closure at the end of this year.

School communities want the opportunity to explore other options.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to pass ACT Greens MLA Deb Foskey's "Education (School Closures Moratorium) Amendment Bill 2006"- in order to ensure that no schools are involuntarily closed until 2008, and that no school closures take effect from that date unless supported by a specific vote of the ACT Legislative Assembly.

Schools—closures

By Dr Foskey, from 85 residents:

To the Speaker and Member of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory

This petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly that local Government schools are vital to the economic and social wellbeing of many communities in the Australian Capital Territory.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to ensure that:

    • No Government school is closed nor amalgamated with any other school or schools before 1 January 2008.

    • A comprehensive review of all local Government schools is undertaken.

    • The residents of the Australian Capital Territory are to be fully included in this review.



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