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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 12 Hansard (Tuesday, 26 October 2010) . . Page.. 4979 ..

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

MR SPEAKER (Mr Rattenbury) took the chair at 10 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional custodians, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 29

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra): I present the following report:

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee (performing the duties of a Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee)—Scrutiny Report 29, dated 25 October 2010, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MRS DUNNE: Scrutiny report 29 contains the committee’s comments on 75 pieces of subordinate legislation and three government responses. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. I commend the report to the Assembly.


Statement by minister

MR BARR (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Planning, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation and Minister for Gaming and Racing) (10.02), by leave: The most important job for any government is making sure young people get the best possible start in life. This means ensuring every student gets the best possible education. It means having the best facilities, it means having the best teachers in our classrooms, and that is what Labor has been doing, and will continue to work to deliver on.

The ACT’s education system is the best in Australia, and our students are performing well in national testing. However, the world continues to change, and we need to ensure that our education system changes with it and that we prepare students for life in the 21st century. The government has come a long way towards achieving this goal, and we will keep working to ensure our education system meets the needs of students.

This ACT Labor government have invested more than any other since self-government in education. Currently, we are investing more than half a billion dollars. While much of this has been in bricks and mortar, which I described in detail for the Assembly last week, much has also been invested in human capital—that of our students and that of our teachers.

Over recent years, we have invested $421,000 to enhance professional development for teachers in leadership positions; $984,000 to assist gifted and talented students

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