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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 12 Hansard (20 November) . . Page.. 4390 ..

MS DUNDAS (continuing):

even be memorandums of understanding brought forth between the Assembly and the responsible government minister about how IT provision to the Assembly works.

I hope that the Assembly takes the time to carefully consider this report and that we can greater streamline how IT provision is provided here in the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Executive business-precedence

Motion (by Mr Wood ) agreed to:

That executive business be called on forthwith.

Electoral Amendment Bill 2003

Debate resumed from 8 May 2003, on motion by Mr Wood:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Debate (on motion by Ms Dundas ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Indigenous education

Debate resumed from 21 August 2003, on motion by Ms Gallagher:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

MR SMYTH (Leader of the Opposition) (11.21): These six-monthly reports on indigenous education are important in terms of where the indigenous people of Australia are, particularly those who reside in Canberra. It is important that they are taken seriously and that those of us who are not in the government read them and analyse them to keep up constant pressure to ensure that the standards that affect the indigenous part of our population are built up over a period of time. My colleague Mr Pratt has done that analysis on behalf of the opposition and will now take over and inform us of what he thinks needs to be done.

Mrs Dunne: I'm impressed.

MR PRATT: I am doubly impressed.

Mrs Dunne: And grateful.

MR PRATT (11.22): There are a number of issues I want to raise in response to this report. When in government, my party took initiatives to focus more on enhancing indigenous education in the ACT. We have been pleased to see the present government continue with those programs over the last couple of years and add value to them, which they have done.

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