Page 1543 - Week 05 - Thursday, 11 April 2013

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Members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, members! Mrs Jones. Mr Doszpot. Mr Coe. Dr Bourke has the floor.

DR BOURKE: Minister, what work does the TQI do in promoting ongoing professional development?

Mr Doszpot interjecting—

MS BURCH: Thank you, Mr Doszpot, for your continued interjection, and I draw that interjection to the attention of Madam Speaker.

ACT teachers are required to participate in ongoing professional learning as part of the maintenance of their registration. The Teacher Quality Institute provides a wide range of professional workshops for ACT teachers—

Members interjecting—

Dr Bourke: Madam Speaker—

MADAM SPEAKER: Sorry, I know where you are going, Dr Bourke. Mr Coe, sorry, that is being quite disruptive. I cannot hear Minister Burch. If you want to talk about Mr Barr’s birthday you can do that some other place.

Mr Coe: In Lismore, perhaps.

MADAM SPEAKER: And we will not be having any more “dissing” of Lismore.

Mr Coe: Madam Speaker, I was hoping you would actually take a point of order earlier as to your recollections of Lismore in the 70s.

MADAM SPEAKER: That is highly disorderly, Mr Coe, as, too, would have been my interjecting on the subject. Ms Burch has the floor. Sorry, I should have stopped the clock.

MS BURCH: I do have the floor, and due to your interchange with members opposite my time has been ticking down, Madam Speaker. Can I say in the time I have left that the TQI has led a number of national projects with the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership aimed at promoting ongoing professional development within the framework of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Members may be interested—or may not—to hear that next week an online professional learning module developed by the TQI will be launched nationally by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership.

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