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Wednesday, 22 June 2011

MR SPEAKER (Mr Rattenbury) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.


The following petition was lodged for presentation, by Mr Doszpot, from 1,568 residents:

Schools—absence records—petition No 122


The petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly that:

We, the undersigned, oppose the new fortnightly absence record procedures imposed by the Department of Education and Training on ACT public school teachers. These procedures are an unnecessary administrative burden which takes teachers away from their primary responsibility of planning and delivering quality education to students.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to:

Call upon the government to immediately cease the new fortnightly absence records procedures and for the Department of Education and Training to implement a simple process that addresses leave matters in an efficient and common-sense manner.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petition would be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate minister for response pursuant to standing order 100, the petition was received.

Administration and Procedure—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo): Pursuant to standing order 246A I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure.

In response to recommendation 4 of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts in its report No 15 entitled Inquiry into the ACT Auditor-General Act 1996, the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure recently agreed to put forward an amendment to the standing and temporary orders to allow committees to conduct their proceedings in forms other than the standard private meeting and public hearing. The proposed new standing order will allow committees to meet in a range of forums best suited to their requirements, including public meetings, roundtables, seminars, workshops or informal discussions, while maintaining the usual practices set out in the standing orders relating to the conduct of committees of the Assembly.

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