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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 04 Hansard (Tuesday, 20 April 2021) . . Page.. 806 ..

hardship program to include small businesses in addition to its residential water customers; and funding of a utilities hardship fund and utilities concessions.

In concluding, I would like to thank: my fellow committee members, Ms Suzanne Orr and Mr Johnathan Davis, for their contribution and their collaborative approach to this inquiry; relevant ministers and their accompanying directorate and agency officers and statutory officers who assisted the committee during its inquiry by appearing before it to give evidence and/or producing additional information; and key interest and stakeholder groups and organisations who made written submissions. And of course, I thank the secretary of the committee, Dr Andrea Cullen, for her very excellent work throughout the process and in the preparation of the final report.

I commend the report to the Assembly. My committee colleagues might also wish to make comment.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Education and Community Inclusion—Standing Committee

Report 1

MR PETTERSSON (Yerrabi) (10.24): I present the following report:

Education and Community Inclusion—Standing Committee—Report 1—Annual and Financial Reports 2019-2020 and Appropriation Bill 2020-2021, dated 6 April 2021, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

This is the first report of the Tenth Assembly for the Standing Committee on Education and Community Inclusion. The report deals with two inquiries—the inquiry into the annual and financial reports 2019-2020 and the inquiry into the Appropriation Bill 2020-2021. Both of these inquiries were referred to the standing committee on 2 December 2020.

The committee compiled one report in consideration of both inquiries, which was tabled out of session on 6 April 2021. On 1 and 5 March, the committee conducted two days of hearings for the inquiries, at which it heard from 36 witnesses. During the course of these hearings, 35 questions were taken on notice, while 80 questions were provided on notice by members following the hearings.

The committee makes 12 recommendations. They relate to child and family centres, legal services in ACT public schools, teacher librarians, school construction, literacy and numeracy among ACT public school students, funding for vocational training, the young Canberra citizen of the year award winners, Gungahlin pool and procurement processes in the ACT.

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