Page 4721 - Week 11 - Wednesday, 19 October 2011

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Mr Doszpot does not have a good word to say, if he cannot bring himself to recognise these achievements, then I suppose he had to say something in his allotted time. He had to fill the void.

In less than two minutes Mr Doszpot suddenly woke up to the fact that it was the NAPLAN results that we were talking about. Mr Doszpot seems to think that I believe we should rest on our laurels and pat ourselves on the back. However, if you were listening, Mr Doszpot, I actually said that, whilst these were excellent results and whilst they are pleasing, we have areas that need to be improved and we need to build on the results.

Ms Hunter is correct. NAPLAN is a tool, however useful and pleasing it is, and however useful and pleasing the results. It is just part of the information that we need to be aware of in ensuring that our students are getting the best education possible and the best results. As Ms Hunter says, we must ensure that our education system uses all the tools available to it, all the resources available to it, and all the commitment that our quality education can give to our students to make sure that they have the best start in life.

As the minister says, we can do this. We can achieve this through all the commitment that we have already demonstrated and will demonstrate in the future. Obviously, Mr Doszpot’s amendment has passed. There is no doubt that we have a strong commitment to ongoing specialist teaching services. We have no problem with that amendment. We understand why Mr Doszpot is uncomfortable with clauses 2(a) and 2(b). These clauses have been removed. They are no longer in the motion. However, they were a statement of fact, as the minister has just outlined.

I think the last word with regard to this motion should be, as the minister said, our congratulations to the students and all those that support them across the education system—the teachers, the parents, their school communities and the hardworking staff in our directorate. Congratulations and thank you, all of you, for what you have achieved and for what you will continue to achieve.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Legislative Assembly—commencement of sitting

Motion (by Mr Barr), by leave, agreed to:

That, pursuant to standing order 27, the Assembly at its rising this sitting adjourn until 2 pm, Thursday, 20 October 2011.


Motion (by Mr Barr) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

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