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By all accounts, the services are adapting well to the new requirements, with support from the Children’s Policy and Regulation Unit. The Children’s Policy and Regulation Unit will support the ongoing processes of continuous improvement to assist services in meeting the national quality framework. There is no doubt that the national quality framework represents one of the most significant developments ever for the education and care sector.

The good news is that our centres already meet many of the requirements of the framework, and for those where further work is required, the ACT government is providing assistance. The government is committed to introducing these changes in partnership with the centres and the families of the 16,000 children who attend them here in the ACT.

I present the education and care services national regulation for the consideration of members of the Legislative Assembly.

Long Service Leave (Portable Schemes) Amendment Bill 2011—revised explanatory statement

Paper and statement by minister

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Corrections): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Long Service Leave (Portable Schemes) Amendment Bill 2011—Revised explanatory statement.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

DR BOURKE: I present a revised explanatory statement to the Long Service Leave (Portable Schemes) Amendment Bill 2011 as introduced into the Legislative Assembly on 8 December 2011. The explanatory statement has been revised to correct a cross-reference to the bill itself at clause 43. As a consequence, the numbering of the remainder of the clauses required revision.

Madam Assistant Speaker Dunne, I wish to thank you and your adviser, who I shall not name, for originally bringing this matter to our attention during the briefings provided by my officials to the opposition and the Greens on the content of the bill.


Discussion of matter of public importance

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne): Mr Speaker has received letters from Ms Bresnan, Mr Coe, Mr Doszpot, Mrs Dunne, Mr Hanson, Mr Hargreaves, Ms Hunter, Ms Le Couteur, Ms Porter, Mr Seselja and Mr Smyth proposing that

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