Page 3587 - Week 10 - Tuesday, 25 August 2009

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Mr Hargreaves: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: Mrs Dunne just said, “He’s lied and he’s lied.” I ask you to ask her to withdraw it.

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, would you like to withdraw? “Liar”, “lying” and permutations thereof are considered unparliamentary language.

Mrs Dunne: I withdraw if you ask, Mr Speaker.

MR BARR: Thank you, Mr Speaker. As I have said on a number of occasions, we would only seek to involve ourselves in reviewing teaching and curriculum practices in the non-government school sector on their invitation.

I support choice in education and that is why I have made it abundantly clear that the government opposes the suggestions by Mr Doszpot that we would wade into the non-government sector without their invitation on curriculum and pedagogy. That is what the Shaddock review is about. As it would appear to be the case that the ACT Liberals are not prepared to state their position on this matter clearly, are they suggesting I should have waded in without an invitation into the teaching practices of non-government schools? That was the Shaddock review. Do I need to remind those opposite that the Shaddock review was into the leading practice in curriculum and pedagogy? That is what it is in relation to.

Upon their invitation—because they asked and we said yes—that is what those opposite are so unhappy about. In relation to the non-government schools, when they asked, we said yes. That ended the possibility for them to run the opposition for opposition’s sake position that they are so comfortable with running.

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

Planning, Public Works and Territory and Municipal Services—Standing Committee

Report 3—government response

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage) (3.14): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Planning, Public Works and Territory and Municipal Services—Standing Committee—Report 3—Inquiry into the Crimes (Bill Posting) Amendment Bill 2008—Government response.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

The government tabled the Crimes (Bill Posting) Amendment Bill 2008 in the Assembly on 11 December 2008. The bill proposed to amend the Crimes Act 1900 to

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