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I believe that the different education stakeholders will be keen to consider and discuss this proposal, which builds on the extensive work and wide consultation carried out as part of the teacher registration project. The discussion paper was circulated electronically to a wide range of relevant stakeholders in the education sector. It has also been placed on the department of education’s website. The community has until 14 March to provide comment and feedback on the proposals. After this point an analysis of the feedback will determine if a further consultation process will be undertaken on the possible models for the authority.

Should there be a positive response to this initial round of consultation, I will prepare a further community consultation paper with a range of different models. If the community supports the establishment of an ACT School Standards Authority, I would expect it to be in place by 2011.

I conclude by saying that this drive by the ACT government to seek the community’s views on the possibility of establishing a School Standards Authority is further evidence of the government’s commitment to excellence in education—the same commitment that has seen this government invest more in education than any other government in the history of self-government in the ACT, the same commitment that leads this government to continue to ask the questions: “How can we make our great education system even better? How can we deliver more for ACT students?” This is the same commitment that contrasts with the lack of policy development by the opposition, the non-existent policy of those opposite who believe that investing money in education is throwing good money after bad.

Mr Stanhope: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.


Mr Stanhope presented the following paper:

Ministerial travel report—1 January to 31 December 2007.

Budget 2007-2008—midyear review

Paper and statement by minister

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Minister for the Environment, Water and Climate Change, Minister for the Arts): I present the following paper:

Budget 2007-2008—Mid-year review.

I seek leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: Mr Speaker, I present to the Assembly the budget midyear review 2007-08 in accordance with the Financial Management Act 1996. The review updates

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