Page 3235 - Week 09 - Tuesday, 18 August 2009

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I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Mr Corbell presented the following papers:

Occupational Health and Safety Act, pursuant to subsection 228(3)—Operation of the Occupational Health and Safety Commissioner—Half-yearly reports for the periods—

1 July to 31 December 2008.

1 January to 30 June 2009.

Education Act 2004

Papers and statement by minister

MR BARR (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Children and Young People, Minister for Planning and Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation) (3.35): I present the following papers:

Education Act, pursuant to section 118A—

Non-Government Schools Education Council—Advice, dated 15 June 2009.

Response to Advice, dated 28 July 2009.

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the papers.

Leave granted.

MR BARR: I have received advice from the Non-Government Schools Education Council in relation to four key areas, including the provision of leadership and mentoring by principals and other staff in non-government schools, what is being done to improve the literacy and numeracy skills of students in non-government schools, and teacher quality and support for non-government school students with disabilities. I am also tabling my response to NGSEC’s request for further information about my strategic vision for non-government schools. In doing so, I would like to take this opportunity to share with the Assembly the government’s vision for education in government and non-government schools in the territory.

Simply put, my vision is this: everyone learns; the poor kid keeps up; the bright kid is challenged; and every kid becomes their best. How does the government help? It is by making hard decisions and changing for the better; by reforming teacher quality; by paying our best classroom teachers $100,000; by having more teachers and smaller classes; by building new libraries, gymnasiums and classrooms in every ACT school;

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