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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 02 Hansard (Thursday, 22 February 2018) . . Page.. 603 ..

Mr Wall: That is not allowed, apparently.

Mrs Jones: That is not allowed.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Wall, you are about one interjection away from being warned, given the attitude and the behaviour of your team today.

MS BERRY: Of course, the plans were changed. The development application has been approved by the planning authority, and now there is a period of time when people who object to the development application and the decision of the planning authority can object. That is the process. Prior to the development application being approved a considerable amount of time was taken with the community to take them through the plans and to listen to their ideas, so much so that members of the Chapman action group said that they wanted to be involved in discussing the kinds of products that would be used to build these dwellings, and that has been agreed to as well.

MR HANSON: Minister, had the government identified any backup sites for this supportive housing development should the consultation process have resulted in a rejection of the development application, or was the outcome actually decided from the very beginning?

MS BERRY: Public housing is being built all across the city, including as part of this renewal program.

Schools—International Women’s Day

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the minister for education: how are ACT government schools being encouraged to acknowledge International Women’s Day on 8 March and the International Day of the Girl Child?

MS BERRY: International Women’s Day is on 8 March and there will be lots of events all across the city to mark that day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Schools across the community will hold a number of events, and I can give some examples of some of the events that have occurred in schools in the past on International Women’s Day.

In 2017 Gungahlin College had a special panel of women attended by students where Louise Maher, the ABC’s roving reporter, talked to year 12 students about being a female leader. As well, at the International Women’s Day breakfast the guest speaker was Group Captain Sally Dawsett RAAF with 120 staff, principals, teachers, seniors and students. The Education Directorate also holds tables at the UN’s International Women’s Day lunch where both women and men are invited to attend.

MS LE COUTEUR: Last year a government primary school decided to change the International Day of the Girl Child to the International Day of the Girl and Boy Child, thus completely changing the focus of the day. What guidance is provided to schools to ensure that they are not undermining the purpose of the day?

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