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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 21 September 2006) . . Page.. 3057 ..

recommendations two, four, five, seven and 10; agreement in principle with recommendation eight; and notes recommendations one, three, six and nine.

It is important that a clear distinction is made between the terms “restorative justice” and “restorative practice” which are used interchangeably throughout the report. These terms apply to specific settings. Restorative justice is used in the criminal justice setting. Restorative practices are used in school settings to create a whole-school cultural change in student management and student wellbeing.

The use of restorative practices in ACT government schools is increasing. It is also important to note that restorative practices are only part of a range of strategies that schools use in creating and maintaining safe school environments. Schools will continue to use strategies and processes that prove to have the best outcomes in their individual communities. The government thanks members of the committee for their work on this important inquiry. I table the response.


Mr Barr presented the following papers:

Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act, pursuant to subsection 14 (7)—Extension of time for presenting annual report 2005-2006—Statements of reasons—

Cleaning Industry Long Service Leave Authority

Construction Industry Long Service Leave Authority.

Floriade 2006

Discussion of matter of public importance

MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Gentleman): Mr Speaker has received letters from Mrs Burke, Dr Foskey, me, Ms MacDonald, Ms Porter and Mr Pratt proposing that matters of public importance be submitted to the Assembly. In accordance with standing order 79, Mr Speaker has determined that the matter proposed by Ms MacDonald be submitted to the Assembly, namely:

The importance of Floriade 2006—“Carnivale—The World on Show” to the ACT.

MS MacDONALD (Brindabella) (3.51): Floriade is an integral part of the Canberra community, attracting hundreds of thousands of local, national and international visitors each year. Now in its 19th year, Floriade has grown bigger and better since its inception in 1988. The event has long been recognised as Australia’s premier springtime event and is a major tourism drawcard for Canberra.

To ensure we continue to attract new visitors to Floriade and encourage past visitors to come again each year, the event is based on a different theme. This year’s theme is “carnivale—the world on show”. It celebrates the beauty and diversity of the world we live in. The flower beds have been inspired by 16 countries that also hold flower festivals, such as Turkey, Singapore, the USA, New Zealand and the Netherlands.

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