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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 10 Hansard (Wednesday, 19 September 2018) . . Page.. 3773 ..


I submit again that the Inquiries Act is the only legal instrument we have at our disposal that will allow this to happen appropriately.

I commend the motion. The Canberra Liberals will not be supporting the amendment circulated by Ms Fitzharris.

Question put:

That the amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 11

Noes 8

Ms J Burch

Mr Pettersson

Miss C Burch

Ms Lee

Ms Cheyne

Mr Ramsay

Mr Coe

Mr Wall

Ms Cody

Mr Rattenbury

Mrs Dunne

Ms Fitzharris

Mr Steel

Mr Hanson

Ms Le Couteur

Ms Stephen-Smith

Mrs Kikkert

Ms Orr

Ms Lawder

Amendment agreed to.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Music education—funding

MS LEE (Kurrajong) (11.57): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) the ACT Government has withdrawn funding from the H Course in music from 2019 with no explanation and no alternative for students who, for 35 years, have relied on this pathway to a career in music;

(b) the H Course offers an advanced music program for year 11 and 12 students run by the Australian National University’s School of Music and funded by the ACT Government;

(c) music teachers, music practitioners and music administrators in classical and jazz music started their careers through this program;

(d) H Courses are designed and accredited by an Australian higher education provider and successful completion of the course is recognised towards an undergraduate degree with that provider; and

(e) H Courses may contribute to the student’s ATAR calculation; and

(2) calls on the ACT Government to:

(a) restore the $275 000 annual support for this course; and

(b) provide assurances to students in the other 12 H Courses that their programmes are not under similar threat of closure.


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