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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 1 Hansard (13 February) . . Page.. 87 ..

MR STEFANIAK (continuing):

There is one final benchmark, Mr Speaker. Forty per cent of our students do go on to university compared to the national average of 30 per cent. That is another benchmark which we are proud of and wish to maintain. The government does ensure that our government schools set the benchmark for quality education. We have set in train a lot of programs in relation to that, and we will continue to do so because we are very proud of the quality of our government school education system.

MS TUCKER (5.26): This is a useful debate. I agree with Mr Stefaniak. I think if you look at the funding decisions over the years, it is not just this government that has been guilty of a lesser commitment to education than we might have liked. However, I think it is important to look at what we have now-

At 5.27 pm, as a result of a power failure, the sitting was suspended until the ringing of the bells.

Wednesday, 14 February 2001

The bells having been rung, Mr Speaker resumed the chair at 10.30 am.

Statement by Speaker

MR SPEAKER: Members, you will recall that yesterday evening, due to a power failure, I suspended the sitting of the Assembly until the ringing of the bells. As the power supply was not to be resumed for over an hour, it was agreed the Assembly would not resume until today, Wednesday. As the Assembly did not adjourn, Tuesday's program is still before us.

However, I understand it is the wish of the Assembly to conclude the sitting for Tuesday, 13 February, yesterday, with the suspension of the Assembly that took place and, therefore, commence ordinary routine of business for Wednesday, 14 February 2001, forthwith.

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