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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 12 Hansard (21 November) . . Page.. 3982 ..

Inquiry into Education and Training for
Overseas Students - Statement by Chair

MR KAINE: I make this statement pursuant to standing order 246A on behalf of the Standing Committee on Economic Development and Tourism. On Tuesday, 16 April this year, I informed the Assembly that the Standing Committee on Economic Development and Tourism had resolved on 5 March 1996 to conduct an inquiry into overseas marketing of ACT education and training services. The terms of reference provided that the committee inquire into and report on the marketing and provision of ACT government and non-government education and training services to overseas students, with particular reference to the aims of providing ACT education and resources for overseas students, the cost of marketing, the cost of providing those resources, the financial and other benefits to the ACT of present policies, proposed future developments, the coordination of activities between agencies, and any related matter.

The committee wrote to the Minister for Education and Training and the Minister for Urban Services and Minister for Business, Employment and Tourism requesting written briefings on the activities of their departments in relation to the overseas marketing of education and training services. Written briefings were received from the ACT Department of Education and Training, the Canberra Institute of Technology, the Australian International Hotel School, the Minister for Business, Employment and Tourism, and ACTEW Corporation Ltd. The committee examined those briefings and is satisfied with the information that was received. The committee does not consider further investigation is required on this inquiry, and resolved at its last meeting, on Wednesday, 30 October 1996, to suspend further consideration for the present.

Revival Centre Church, Chisholm - Statement by Chair

MR MOORE: Pursuant to standing order 246A, I make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment. The statement deals with a proposal to construct a Revival Centre church in Deamer Crescent, Chisholm. There are three things the committee wants to say about this proposal. The first is that, in regard to the detailed design of the proposal, the committee, with Ms Horodny dissenting, considers that there are not sufficient grounds to justify an ongoing interest by the committee. The committee came to this view after a public hearing on Friday, 1 November 1996, addressed by the following people: Officials from the Planning and Land Management Group of the Department of Urban Services; the proponent, Pastor Bob Beverley, for the Canberra Revival Fellowship; and three local residents, namely, Mr Jeffrey, Ms Kimber and Mr King.

The committee has concluded that the proposal meets the design and siting criteria; that the design has been modified somewhat in an effort to meet the concerns of some local residents; and that government officials have acted properly throughout the process.

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