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government, and to work with them to make sure that the education system remains the envy of Australia. I have regular meetings with the ACT P&C council, as well as the Australian Education Union and the Principals Association. I am also fortunate to be well served by the Government Schools Education Council. The council provides opportunities for the community to have an important role in formulating advice to the government on education policy.
In August last year the ACT government created a student congress to provide a voice to students on their thoughts as to the priorities for education. Students are our most important stakeholder. I am committed as minister to make sure that their views are heard and considered. I will be visiting the congress at its upcoming May meeting and look forward to hearing their views on public education and how we can support our students to achieve.
However, beyond these formal bodies and mechanisms, I have been fortunate to visit many schools. I have met with parents, teachers, principals and students at their schools and seen firsthand how their schools work, the good work of students and teachers and what is important for them, because we know that every school is different. That is why I have made a commitment to get to as many schools as I possibly can.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.
MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the minister for education.
MADAM SPEAKER: Is this a supplementary question?
MR DOSZPOT: It is a supplementary, yes. I just prefaced it a little more because so much time has passed.
MADAM SPEAKER: No preamble.
MR DOSZPOT: As shadow minister for education, I attended the launch of the exhibition to celebrate Public Education Week and I was under the impression that, in fact, education week this year—
Mr Corbell: On a point of order—
MADAM SPEAKER: Yes. Mr Doszpot, supplementary questions should be without preamble. Can you get to the question.
MR DOSZPOT: Minister, is it true that Public Education Week has become public education month this year?
MS BURCH: I think Mr Doszpot has made reference to the comment Glen Fowler made, and rightly so, of what proud advocates they were for public education. He also went on to make a somewhat tongue-in-cheek comment that he is looking forward to Public Education Week being public education month because there is so much to