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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 05 Hansard (Tuesday, 11 May 2021) . . Page.. 1261 ..

the University of Canberra, where teachers are able to practise their craft before they even have the experience of having a class of their own. That is important because experienced teachers are able to mentor those beginning teachers so that they do not leave—they have the experience before they start their teaching profession and teaching career. In addition to that, beginning teachers get to share those up-to-date methods with experienced teachers, and experienced teachers are able to mentor beginning teachers and provide them with a great start to their profession.

DR PATERSON: Minister, could you further detail how teachers just starting out on their careers are supported in our schools?

MS BERRY: Thank you, Dr Paterson, for that question. I think it was in reference to some of the responses that I provided to earlier questions were around how we support beginning teachers. This has been really important and successful, and we are showing that by how teachers are staying in our ACT school systems for longer than is the case across the country. It is because we are supporting our beginning teachers before they even start in a school.

What we have been hearing from beginning teachers is that that experience has given them the mentoring that they have needed. Experienced teachers are saying that they wish they had had it when they started teaching in a class 30 or 40 years ago. We are really proud of our partnership with the University of Canberra in being able to provide that support to beginning teachers. We will continue that work, and expand it across all of our schools.

Federal government—budget

MR PETTERSSON: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, what has the ACT government called on the commonwealth government to deliver in its 2021-22 budget?

MR BARR: I thank Mr Pettersson for the question. I am delighted to advise the Assembly that we have already been successful in securing commonwealth support for several important infrastructure and service delivery partnerships in the federal budget. It has been pleasing to see further commonwealth support for major transport projects in the ACT—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MR BARR: like light rail, Mr Hanson. You fought so bitterly against it. I have to say it was certainly a highlight to stand next to Senator Seselja as he spruiked the benefits of light rail and the commonwealth’s investment, brushing aside a decade of bitter, bitter opposition from the Canberra Liberals! But I digress.

The federal budget, as has already been announced, will include national partnership agreements on health care and training and, I think, the seventh one-year extension of the early childhood education national partnership. We are disappointed, though, that the commonwealth has not committed to a longer term early childhood partnership

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