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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 03 Hansard (Tuesday, 30 March 2021) . . Page.. 548 ..


Oath or affirmation of allegiance

MADAM SPEAKER: The provisions of the Oaths and Affirmations Act 1984 require the oath or affirmation of a new member to be made before the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory or a judge of that court authorised by the Chief Justice. I present the following paper:

Oaths and Affirmations Act 1984, pursuant to s 10A—Acting Chief Justice Burns—Letter to the Attorney-General from the Chief Justice, dated 16 March 2021.

Acting Chief Justice Burns attended accordingly

Oath by member

Mr Milligan was introduced and made and subscribed the oath required by law.

The Acting Chief Justice having retired—

MADAM SPEAKER: On behalf of all members, I bid Mr Milligan a warm welcome to the Assembly.

Petitions

The following petitions were lodged for presentation:

Schools—languages curriculum—petition 2-21

By Mrs Kikkert, from 61 residents:

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory

that:

ACT Government policy requires that students in years 7 and·8 receive at least 150 minutes per week of instruction in one of eight priority languages;

Hawker Primary School provides specialist instruction in French to students from kindergarten to year 6;

French was taught to students in years 7 and 8 at Belconnen High School until a 2017 decision to discontinue it; and

Belconnen High School students in years 7 and 8 now have no access to instruction in any priority language despite government policy.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the Assembly to call upon the ACT Government to:

take all steps necessary to resume the teaching of French for students in years 7 and 8 at Belconnen High School; and

if required, offer incentives and provide sufficient supports to attract and/or train a specialist teacher.


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