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Education - Curriculum Profiles

MR KAINE: Mr Speaker, through you, I direct a question to the Minister for Education and Training, Mr Stefaniak. Minister, the New South Wales Government has apparently decided to stop its work on the implementation of nationally developed curriculum profiles. Do you believe that this is a decision that this Government should follow; and, if not, why not?

MR STEFANIAK: No, I do not. The statements in the press attributed to the New South Wales Labor Government suggest that it is playing politics with education. The work that had been done in New South Wales in collaboration with the Commonwealth and other States and Territories focused on better ways of assessing student progress and informing parents. The ACT has played an important part in that process, and this Government plans to build on the valuable work that has taken place already. The ACT has made a solid investment in exploring the usefulness of profiles to report student progress to parents, and discussions are continuing with relevant interest groups to devise a workable program. I expect reporting to parents to begin in 1996 with English literacy and mathematical numeracy - things that concern students and parents very much. The ACT has been at the forefront of developments in this area. We will continue to watch and monitor developments in other States and Territories. In particular, the ACT will continue to participate in the development of the national schools English literacy survey, which will be based on the profiles.

Mrs Carnell: I ask that any further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Mr Wood: Hang on! He had two.


Mr Wood: I want another go.

MR SPEAKER: You can wait until tomorrow.

Mr Wood: No. He set the precedent.

MR SPEAKER: The Chief Minister has asked that further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Hospital Outpatient Waiting Lists

MRS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I would like to give more information in respect of the question that Mr Moore asked in question time. Mr Moore, I have been advised that there are two machines in the radiation oncology unit. During the period from October 1994 until March 1995, the maximum wait on one machine was 2.9 weeks and on the other 4.1 weeks. If there are concerns about an individual case that was outside those limits, I would be very interested to know about it, and I would appreciate it if you would contact my office.

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