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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 04 Hansard (Tuesday, 10 April 2018) . . Page.. 1129 ..

there are keen to engage with system-level issues. They see the way national policy settings play out in schools day to day, and they were generous in sharing their thoughts. As the country moves away from the national standards and the behavioural change they have instigated in the community, those teachers are as keen as ours are to embrace world’s best practice: the best opportunities for professional learning throughout their careers; school communities where everybody gets the chance to be their best; and support for clearer public recognition of the value of their profession, its demands and its importance.

One thing that Wellington schools have unquestionably done well is embrace Maori culture and build strong cultural integrity across their school communities. In my discussions with Deputy Mayor Jill Day, the first Maori woman to hold that position, we agreed that it would be extremely professional and beneficial for our respective schools to share experiences of cultural integrity, as we have sought to empower each country’s Indigenous students and their cultures. This is one opportunity I am particularly keen to pursue, and I have asked ACT education officials to follow up with their counterparts in this regard.

I would like to thank those officials who made the mission a successful and productive one: the ACT Commissioner for International Engagement; the Australian High Commission in Wellington; Kaine Thompson and all at the Wellington City Council who went to great efforts to accommodate my visit; and those who shared generously their work as it relates to Canberra and took the time to get to know parts of our city and the government that they might not have known before. I look forward to hosting some of those Wellingtonians in Canberra before long and building on the sister agreement into the future.

I present the following paper:

New Zealand Mission—March 2018—Ministerial statement, 10 April 2018.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Detention exit community outreach (DECO) program

Ministerial statement

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong—Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Minister for Justice, Consumer Affairs and Road Safety, Minister for Corrections and Minister for Mental Health) (10.26): Today I rise to update the Assembly on some of the positive work in relation to mental health support and efforts to reduce recidivism amongst one of Canberra’s most vulnerable and at-risk cohorts in the Alexander Maconochie Centre. We know that there is a higher incidence of mental health issues in the prison population than in the general population. This is a trend that we see across all jurisdictions and internationally.

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