Page 3135 - Week 10 - Wednesday, 16 September 2015

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I will not be supporting Mr Doszpot’s motion. I have circulated an amendment and I ask all in this place to be very clear about my amendment and the action that I have instigated. I move:

Omit all words after “That this Assembly”, substitute:

“(1) notes:

“(a) the ACT Government took immediate action to investigate how an inappropriate structure came to be in an ACT school;

(b) this investigation into an inappropriate structure in an ACT school has concluded;

(c) the public release onto the Education and Training Directorate (ETD) website of the findings of this inquiry, including:

(i) the scope of the inquiry;

(ii) a complete chronology of events since the construction of the structure, excluding any references to identifying information; and

(iii) a summary of the investigation outcomes;

(d) the inquiry was conducted by investigators from Shared Services Employee Relations;

(e) the ETD has taken action on the recommendations into the investigation in accordance with public service protocols and relevant industrial agreements;

(f) the conduct and decisions of every officer who was part of the Directorate’s response is being examined and the Directorate is dealing with each of those officers individually;

(g) the ACT Government has commissioned an expert panel on students with complex needs and challenging behaviours;

(h)  the work of the panel may include, but not be limited to:

(i) evaluating the current legislative and policy framework, guidelines and protocols that support ACT schools in teaching students with complex and challenging needs;

(ii) consulting with schools, community organisations and individuals, including students and their families, about the ways in which the policy framework, guidelines, protocols and practices are implemented in schools;

(iii) exploring issues with school communities;

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