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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 02 Hansard (Thursday, 18 February 2016) . . Page.. 636 ..

seeks a permanent appointment following the retirement of Mr Bob Neil last year. I would also like to thank Mr Neil for his efforts; he is partly responsible for the authorship of this report, given that it takes quite an extended period of time for the report to be undertaken.

Finally, I thank both commissioners and their staff. The staff of the commissioner’s office put in an enormous amount of work to produce this report. Members will see that it is comprehensive, science and evidence-based, and, I have to say, very well presented. It is a quality report that gives all Canberrans a comprehensive assessment of the state of our environment here in the bush capital—where we are doing well, where we need to do better and, most importantly, how we can ensure that we maintain a quality environment that will support and nourish future generations.

I commend the report to the Assembly.


Mr Rattenbury presented the following papers:

Heavy Vehicle National Law as applied by the Heavy Vehicle National Law Act 2012 (Qld) and by the law of States and Territories—Heavy Vehicle National Amendment Regulation (2015 No. 824), together with its explanatory statement.

Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act, pursuant to section 13—Annual Report 2014-2015—Education and Training Directorate—Corrigendum.

Education and care services national law—regulations

Paper and statement by minister

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo—Minister for Corrections, Minister for Education, Minister for Justice and Consumer Affairs and Minister for Road Safety): For the information of members I present the following paper:

Education and Care Services National Law—Education and Care Services National Amendment Regulations 2015 (2015 No 804), dated 11 December 2015.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR RATTENBURY: As the Minister for Education, I am pleased to table the Education and Care Services National Amendment Regulations 2015 in the Assembly today. These regulations address two jurisdiction-specific amendments agreed to nationally by the Education Council.

There has been some recent media on the cost of education and qualifications for carers in the ACT, on the back of the ROGS data that was released two weeks ago. As such, I take this opportunity to provide an explanation for members of the context and intention of this law and how it is designed to support young children’s care and education.

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