Page 2332 - Week 06 - Wednesday, 22 June 2011

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This amendment is, I guess, asking the government to get on and find a resolution to this. I think we have gone over a number of the issues that have come up here this afternoon. I do say that I hope Minister Barr will ensure that key stakeholders find a solution to this particular issue. I think I have made it quite clear that there does need to be some record keeping. There does need to be some system in place. We just need to find a way through that is going to ensure that that happens but at the same time we are not taking away valuable time that could be spent on educating our children.

So it really is a matter of balancing it, sorting through and finding the best way forward. And that is what part of this amendment is about. It really is taking from Mr Doszpot’s motion that part where I think Mr Doszpot wanted the minister to get involved. I have already made it clear, in my earlier speech, that it is just not appropriate for a minister to be micromanaging in that way. A department is there; it has a role. We also cannot undermine who is involved in these processes, but of course we need to ensure the best outcome at the end of the day.

So what I have put forward picks up on part of what Mr Doszpot had called for, and that was around government meeting with teachers and their representatives about discussing an acceptable compromise that, on the one hand, met the necessary requirements for sound record keeping and, on the other, was not imposing unfair and burdensome tasks on teachers and principals. Therefore I commend my amendment to the Assembly.

Amendment agreed to.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.


Motion (by Mr Barr) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Public education awards

MR DOSZPOT (Brindabella) (6.29): This is the first opportunity I have had to publicly applaud some great teachers and support staff in the ACT education system who were recently recognised at the 2011 public education awards on Friday, 27 May 2011. The annual public education awards recognise teachers and support staff who have given outstanding service to the development and promotion of excellence in public education. This year’s finalists could have all easily been the ultimate winners in their category, and I congratulate everyone who was nominated.

Eleven categories across all public sectors are covered. The winners were: the primary principal of the year was Ms Liz Wallace, Isabella Plains early childhood school, for her vision, passion and commitment to the early childhood model of education that has established Isabella Plains early childhood school as a thriving, vibrant and happy environment for students and their families.

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