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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 10 Hansard (Wednesday, 6 October 2021) . . Page.. 2831 ..


Investing in public education

The government is committed to delivering the best possible education for all Canberra students, empowering teachers and learning professionals to thrive, and working with school communities to ensure the best possible outcomes for families.

The 2021-22 budget provides over $50 million in additional support for our public education system, with a focus on improving equity and inclusion. We believe that every child should be given the opportunity to thrive and succeed in ACT public schools. I know this is an area of deep passion and commitment for the Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, Yvette Berry, and we are delighted to deliver on this commitment in this budget.

Real climate action and environment protection

We also continue our world-leading climate action agenda. Action is needed now. With more than $70 million in additional investments to deliver on our climate action goals and protect Canberra’s unique environment, this budget delivers in spades. Funding is also provided for the extension of the ACT Healthy Waterways project.

We have opened the $150 million Sustainable Household Scheme to all eligible households so that more Canberrans can share in the benefits of a zero net emissions future.

I take the opportunity to thank Minister Rattenbury for his partnership and collaboration across these portfolio areas as we continue to deliver a very significant reform agenda.

Conclusion

Almost one year ago—and hasn’t the year gone fast!—Canberrans overwhelmingly voted for a progressive agenda for our city.

And over this past year, despite many, many challenges, we have delivered—protecting Canberrans’ health, rolling out a nation-leading COVID vaccination program, taking real action on climate change, and creating and protecting local jobs.

We recognise that a good job is about more than money. It provides security, meaning, opportunities and advancement in life.

That is why, over the past 18 months, we have fought to protect every Canberra job, support every worker and every business.

And that is why we are now seeking to turbocharge our economic recovery.

Over the coming months we will re-emerge as a regional economic powerhouse.


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