Page 1664 - Week 05 - Thursday, 11 May 2006

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to School Day is a national initiative of the Education Foundation and encourages schools to invite past students to go back to school. This national campaign inspires young people to think about their goals and the many paths that are available to them as they move from school into their adult lives.

Past students from all walks of life—doctors, tradespeople, artists, entrepreneurs and athletes, and coat tuggers, Mr Mulcahy—will all be able to go back to government schools across Australia to acknowledge the importance of their schooling to their success and to provide positive role models for students. I would just like to encourage members of the Assembly to attend some of the public performances and events that will be part of the celebrations next week.

At an event that will be held in and around the Canberra Centre between 10.00 am and 2.30 pm next Thursday, 18 May, public schools from across the ACT will be presenting an exciting and varied program of music and dance, including performances by concert bands, jazz bands, choirs, a string orchestra, and indigenous and modern dance. As well as being a wonderful celebration of Public Education Day, these performances will highlight the wide variety of opportunities that are available in our government schools in addition to the core academic program. Public Education Day is a great opportunity to acknowledge the contribution public schools make to the lives of individual students and to the Canberra community as a whole.

Broadcasting of proceedings

MR SPEAKER: Members, further to a statement I made to the Assembly on 21 June 2005 regarding delayed broadcasts of question time proceedings on Community Radio 2XX FM, I would like to inform the Assembly that the delayed broadcasts also include adjournment debates. Question time will be broadcast at 11.00 am on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, immediately followed by broadcasts of the adjournment debate.

Members of the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure were advised of these arrangements at a meeting on Tuesday 7 March 2006 and, as mentioned previously, it is hoped that this initiative will provide improved access for the citizens of the ACT to the work of the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 11.29 pm until Tuesday, 6 June 2006, at 10.30 am.

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