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there is a huge amount of growth happening in the United Arab Emirates, particularly in Dubai and Qatar.

The world is beating a path to their door, of course, but the prospects for good products there are outstanding. The area is modernising at a very great rate, with information cities, education cities and media cities being built. The expenditure on them is absolutely mind-boggling. I visited quite a number of places and I attended meetings with some of the businesses that went. I think they were very happy for that—in fact, the feedback has been very positive. So, if that was a junket, I think it was a worthwhile junket for the participants in that trip.


Mr Corbell presented the following papers:

ACT Health Alcohol and Drug Program—

Review, dated June 2005.

Clinical Governance Review 2004—Recommendations, Response and Action Plan, dated June 2005.

Education—Standing Committee

Report—government response

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Children, Youth and Family Support, Minister for Women and Minister for Industrial Relations): For the information of members, I present the government response to report 5 of the Standing Committee on Education (Fifth Assembly) titled Teaching in the ACT: shaping the future which was presented to the Assembly on 26 August 2004. I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MS GALLAGHER: Thank you, Mr Speaker. The report was tabled in the Assembly on 26 August 2004. I would like to thank the committee for the time and contribution it invested in compiling this comprehensive report. The government is committed to providing quality education for ACT school students. This is reflected in the recent investment of $48 million in new policy initiatives that impact on areas noted in the committee’s report. A number of the recommendations also address key elements of the Teaching Staff Certified Agreement 2004-200, including support for beginning teachers, professional development in disability and special education, valuing the professionalism of teachers through increases in pay and the provision of flexible working conditions.

The committee’s recommendations included the establishment of a teacher registration board for the ACT as a matter of priority. The government acknowledges that the ACT is the only jurisdiction that does not have a teacher registration process and that a number of different models are in place in other states and territories. The government will examine these models and explore issues specific to the ACT associated with teacher registration and report back to the Assembly later this year. This will also include monitoring developments on the national agenda including the role of the National

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