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MS BURCH: I thank Mrs Jones for her question. I have been seeking some advice about how it would apply to the ACT. I know before and after-school care is very popular for working families, but I have also heard, as with long day care, sometimes the opening and closing hours are not as responsive to family needs, and that is why family day care often has a role, particularly for younger children. But it is some detail I am seeking. Once I have it I am more than happy to share it with the Assembly.
MADAM SPEAKER: Mrs Jones, a supplementary question.
MRS JONES: Minister, do you support changes to the current school operating hours, notionally around the nine to three model?
MS BURCH: Is the question: do I support any change that would make the system more responsive to family need? Yes, Mrs Jones.
MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, a supplementary question.
MR DOSZPOT: Minister, where will capacity be found to run these additional centres, or will it depend on the school community to arrange such services?
MS BURCH: I refer Mr Doszpot to the earlier answer. It is the level of detail I am seeking about how it would apply, or if it will apply here in the ACT. When I have that information, I will share it with colleagues.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.
MR DOSZPOT: Minister, how many ACT public schools currently have before and after-school care?
MS BURCH: I do not have the detail in front of me. I would say that the majority do, both in the government system and in the non-government system. But I can bring numbers across both of those sectors, and certainly the number of places across the ACT as well.
MS PORTER: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, the study Canberra initiative was announced in the 2013-14 budget. Can you update the Assembly on progress of this important project?
MS GALLAGHER: I thank Ms Porter for the question. The study Canberra initiative is an important major project the government is undertaking which was outlined in our election commitments and commenced in the 2013-14 budget. The government had made our election commitments based on the work that had been started by the learning capital council, which has now changed to be led by the vice-chancellors forum which I established subsequent to the learning capital council.