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Schools—absence records—petition No 122

The response read as follows:

The absence record was introduced at the recommendation of the Education and Training Directorate’s Internal Audit Committee and is a requirement of the current teachers’ enterprise agreement. Completion of the absence record fills an accountability gap and is not unfair or burdensome on teachers and principals. Electronic submission of leave forms will be introduced this year and while it will assist in the process of ensuring compliance it will not initially negate the need for completion of the absence record. Representatives of the Directorate continue to work with the Australian Education Union to develop the most efficient mechanism to ensure compliance in the submission of leave forms.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Amendment to resolution

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (10.03), by leave: I move:

That the resolution of the Assembly of 7 April 2011, referring the ACT Electoral Commission’s report, entitled Report on the ACT Legislative Assembly Election 2008, the Electoral Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 and the Electoral (Casual Vacancies) Amendment Bill 2011 to the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety be amended by omitting the words “by 22 September 2011” and substituting “by the last sitting day in October 2011”.

This is a resolution which has been agreed to by all members of the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety. As members will notice from the blue today, the committee is tabling a report on the review of campaign financing laws which has consumed almost all our hours together as a committee, and many more than those usually scheduled. Because the committee had given priority to concluding that report, it was not possible for us to meet this deadline as well and do justice to both. So the committee resolved to move this amendment in this place today. I commend the motion to the house.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Working with Vulnerable People (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2011

Ms Burch, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MS BURCH (Brindabella—Minister for Community Services, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Women and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs) (10.05): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

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