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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 05 Hansard (Tuesday, 11 May 2021) . . Page.. 1256 ..


Given that, I am not surprised there is unanimous support for such an important reform.

The process began in 2019 when I made a determination requiring the ICRC to examine options for better comparability and transparency of electricity offers. The ICRC have undertaken that work as a result of my direction in 2019, and I am pleased we are now at a point where the Assembly will unanimously pass an important piece of legislation and a key government commitment.

I thank all members for their contribution to the debate and look forward to this joining a number of government legislative interventions to deliver important cost of living benefits for Canberra households. This builds on an enviable record the government has—CTP reform being another example where we are delivering savings for Canberra households in hundreds of dollars each year. I commend the legislation to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 12 to 2 pm.

Questions without notice

Education—schools performance

MS LEE: My question is to the Minister for Education and Youth Affairs. Minister, a 2017 Victoria University paper titled Government school performance in the ACT found that

… after taking account of intake and context differences, ACT government schools on average achieve negative results on every measure.

The report found that ACT numeracy results:

… are markedly below the rest of the country, compared to what would be expected based on the populations schools are serving in the ACT.

It also found that year 5 students in the ACT are almost six months behind students in comparable schools interstate. Minister, why is it that under your government ACT government schools on average achieve negative results on every measure according to this report?

MS BERRY: I thank the Leader of the Opposition for the question and I am happy to talk about our schools results across all ratings across the country and in the world.


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