Page 550 - Week 02 - Thursday, 16 February 2017

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technology, parental engagement, the way we use standardised testing and different ways of learning and teaching.

All of this, of course, will build on many years of this government pursuing excellence and equity in the ACT education system. The government has been investing in reform across a range of areas such as needs-based funding, inclusive schools, quality teaching, school review and improvement, school leadership, modern infrastructure, digital education, community and parent engagement, and the quality agenda in early childhood. The opportunity that presents itself today—a decade since our last big reform push—is to capitalise on this work with another stride forward to help our schools to keep their place as national stand-outs.

Our children each discover their world in their own way. Some focus quietly on information. Some talk it through. Others pursue learning through experiencing life and practising skills. We need to continue to support and equip teachers to work with the needs of each child.

We will work to make sure the connections are clear for children whose education can benefit from a closer connection with sport, the arts, community services or the digital economy. Above all, we need to give every child an equal chance for a great education and a good life.

I am confident that, as we embark on this process, a broad section of our community will get behind these principles and help to set a great future of education for our community. I present the following paper:

Future of Education—Ministerial statement, 16 February 2017.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Family and Personal Violence Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Mr Ramsay, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR RAMSAY (Ginninderra—Attorney-General, Minister for Regulatory Services, Minister for the Arts and Community Events and Minister for Veterans and Seniors) (10.12): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

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