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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 24 June 2021) . . Page.. 2065 ..

This government should be adding to the narrative about what the issues are for local residents, not trying to dismiss them as out of hand because they have their own consultation process. There are people who might come to us and there are people who might go to the government pop-ups, but they are all residents. They are all constituents. They are all taxpayers and ratepayers. They deserve to have their views heard and represented here in this place. That is exactly what we are trying to do here today.

I thank members for their support and I very much look forward to improvements at Lake Tuggeranong, which, despite political rhetoric, is what I think we all want.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Education—school policies

MR DAVIS (Brindabella) (4.03): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) acknowledges that:

(a) in 2019, the ACT Assembly declared support for the ACT Strike for Climate demonstrating the Government’s support for youth-led climate action;

(b) the foundations of the ACT Education Directorate’s Future of Education Strategy are to:

(i) place students at the centre of their learning;

(ii) empower teachers, school leaders and other professionals to meet the learning needs of all students;

(iii) build strong communities for learning; and

(iv) strengthen systems to focus on equity with quality;

(c) civics and citizenship education is a core component of the Australian curriculum where students develop understanding of the Australian political process and critical engagement with social issues;

(2) notes:

(a) best practice pedagogy requires teachers to provide students with opportunities to lead and direct their learning and create bridges between new knowledge and the outside world;

(b) a responsive and relevant education system is underpinned by community involvement and recognises the role of the community, families, and civil society in the education of young people;

(c) engaging in peaceful protests and non-violent direct actions is an important form of political expression, essential for a well-functioning democracy; and

(d) since October 2018, Australian students have demonstrated their leadership, political understanding, and the use of peaceful protest

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