Page 1343 - Week 05 - Tuesday, 5 May 2015

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industry and its needs. He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators, a member of TAFE Directors Australia, and he has contributed to state and national policy debates from within the South Australian and Victorian VET systems, and also from within the ACT.

Among his achievements at CIT are the governance changes, and in particular the establishment of the independent governing board for CIT to enable it to operate more effectively in an increasingly contestable environment. This is set to take effect from July of this year.

Mr Marron has also overseen major internal restructure in preparation for the governance changes, demonstrated a strong commitment to the role of public provider and shown a vision for the future of TAFE that can be articulated on the national stage at a time of great difficulty for many state TAFEs.

He is highly regarded and sought after in the national TAFE sector, presenting numerous conference papers, participating on panels and advocating for TAFE at the national level through conference appearances and recent appearances before House of Representatives and Senate inquiries.

As a leader who was frank, candid and down to earth, CIT staff found him easy to trust and believe. He believed wholeheartedly in the VET system and in CIT’s central and essential role in providing education and training to Canberra and across the ACT. He believed CIT to be essential in both skilling people for jobs in the territory and for providing skilled people with pathways for further education.

Despite some turbulent times in the VET environment nationally, he believed in the future of CIT. His vision for CIT included continued investment in modern facilities and a commitment to student experience and placing the individual front and centre of all operations and services.

Mr Adrian Marron leaves CIT with 24 years of experience in the education sector. I know that he holds CIT in the highest regard. I also know that he is highly regarded by the staff of CIT and is seen as an inspirational leader with a clear vision who always has time for everybody.

As we know, CIT is moving towards a period of significant change, particularly with the transition to the new governing board. It is all the better positioned for having had Adrian Marron at the helm for the last five years. I wish Adrian and his family all the best and congratulate him on his significant achievements at CIT. CIT is a far better place for his involvement.

Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders—foster care

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (4.35): I rise tonight to talk about what the government’s new out of home care strategy, a step up for our kids, means for Canberra’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people. Foster care, or out of home care, or any separation of children from their parents, raises great sensitivity in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. The federal Labor government’s 2008 apology to the stolen generation continues to resonate. The

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