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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 02 Hansard (Wednesday, 10 February 2021) . . Page.. 407 ..

previously—for not acting quickly enough on recommendations, not acting quickly enough on reports or not acting quickly enough on advice.

The advice has existed since December. To their credit, the Victorian Labor government did react immediately. In fact, these programs have been phased out of Victorian public schools since the beginning of this year. They were able to do that in a lot more schools than we have to roll them out to, they have to do that with a lot more students, and they were able to do that with quiet efficiency. I have a lot of faith in our P&Cs, our public schools and our Education Directorate to be able to do a small task, having regard to what the Victorian government was able to do.

In particular, I am a bit hesitant to show any support for Mr Hanson’s proposed paragraph (c), as it tends to pre-empt negotiations and consultations that the minister for education, and the Education Directorate more broadly, is already engaged in, as cited in paragraph (1)(a) of my original motion. I do not think it is healthy to pre-empt those discussions. I have faith in the P&Cs to engage in those discussions in good faith and make very clear what, if any, supports they need through the transition, rather than assuming what might be needed and having a monolithic approach across all of our school communities. I am encouraged to see that those conversations will happen, and I will be keeping a close eye on those as well.

I look forward to bringing more motions and more legislation to this place over the next four years that challenge big business and the stranglehold they have on our communities. I look forward to Mr Hanson’s continued efforts to defend them from my meanness.

Question put:

That the amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 9

Noes 15

Mr Cain

Mr Parton

Ms Berry

Ms Orr

Ms Castley

Mr Braddock

Dr Paterson

Mr Coe

Ms Burch

Mr Pettersson

Mr Hanson

Ms Cheyne

Mr Rattenbury

Mrs Jones

Ms Clay

Mr Steel

Mrs Kikkert

Ms Davidson

Ms Stephen-Smith

Ms Lawder

Mr Davis

Ms Vassarotti

Ms Lee

Mr Gentleman

Amendment negatived.

Original question resolved in the affirmative.


MR PARTON (Brindabella) (3.40): I move:

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