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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 8 Hansard (23 August) . . Page.. 2561..

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Corbell ) agreed to:

That leave of absence be granted to Ms Gallagher for today's sitting.


MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra—Leader of the Opposition) (4.15): I move:

That this Assembly calls on the Chief Minister to establish an inquiry under the Inquiries Act 1991 into the future of the ACT education system over the next 25 years with the following terms of reference, procedures and timelines:

(1) Terms of Reference—The inquiry will examine:

(a) Schooling the in ACT:

(i) the current structure of the schools system and possibilities for the future development of all sectors of the system;

(ii) the education, economic, social and environment benefits and costs of the current ACT schooling systems across all sectors

(iii) the education, economic, social and environmental impacts of any changes in schooling;

(iv) developments in early childhood education;

(v) national and international comparisons with the ACT schooling system;

(vi) factors affecting the employment and retention of a high quality teaching force;

(vi) factors affecting high school retention rates;

(viii) factors affecting the drift from the government school sector; and

(ix) provisions for students with disabilities in all areas of the ACT education system;

(b) Vocational Education and Training:

(i) the demand for vocational education and training and whether that demand is being met;

(ii) the relative performance of the ACT's providers of vocational and technical education;

(iii) the effectiveness of the ACT education system in addressing skill shortages;

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