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and as databases become more sophisticated and there is more information available to the community. That is a question that I think committees need to keep at the forefront of their minds: how they remain relevant and timely in the face of these new technological developments.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 31

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo): I present the following report:

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee (Legislative Scrutiny Role)—Scrutiny Report 31, dated 28 April 2015, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MR DOSZPOT: Scrutiny report 31 contains the committee’s comments on six bills, three pieces of subordinate legislation and two government responses. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Dr Bourke) agreed to:

That leave of absence be granted to Ms Porter for this sitting week due to health reasons.

Education—teaching quality

Ministerial statement

MS BURCH (Brindabella—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for Disability, Minister for Racing and Gaming and Minister for the Arts) (10.18), by leave: The quality and capabilities of the teaching workforce remain a priority for our government and governments across the country. For more than six years, under the improving teacher quality national partnership, the ACT government have joined with our state and federal counterparts to develop regulatory frameworks and policies directed towards improving teacher quality in our schools. Established research has shown repeatedly, in a range of different settings and countries, that teacher quality is one of the most influential in-school factors affecting outcomes for students across all sectors of schooling.

International comparisons have also shown that the outcomes for Australian students have not kept pace with those in societies regarded as our peers. Why should we care about this? As I have often said in this Assembly, every child should have the right to

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