Page 1448 - Week 04 - Wednesday, 6 April 2011

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That Mr Hanson’s motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 4

Noes 9

Mr Coe

Mr Seselja

Mr Barr

Ms Hunter

Mr Doszpot

Ms Bresnan

Ms Le Couteur

Mr Hanson

Ms Burch

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Corbell

Mr Stanhope

Mr Hargreaves

Question so resolved in the negative.

Students with disabilities—after-school care

MS HUNTER (Ginninderra—Parliamentary Convenor, ACT Greens) (3:23): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) that according to the August 2010 Department of Education and Training School Census, the number of students with special needs in public education is 1 995, an increase of 134 from 2006 and 503 of these students are enrolled in high schools or colleges;

(b) that there are 364 enrolments at special schools, 184 of these across the secondary age units at Black Mountain and The Woden School;

(c) that currently there are 17 after school care places for children over 12 years of age with a disability in North Canberra, seven of these are restricted to those in wheelchairs, and 16 places in South Canberra;

(d) that currently there are a number of teenage children with a high needs disability who are being cared for by mainstream after school programs for primary school aged children, and others are being transported from a northside school to southside after school care;

(e) that after school care is essential for working parents; and

(f) that after school care for teens with a disability can be an important place for social interaction with peers and provide essential life skills in their transition from a school environment; and

(2) calls on the Government to:

(a) discontinue the proposed business case for after school care for young people aged over 12 with a disability;

(b) replace the business case with an assessment to determine best practice and service delivery models;

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