Page 2814 - Week 08 - Wednesday, 16 August 2017

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Good governance happens when government behaves in a fair, open and transparent manner. It happens when consultation involves the whole community. It happens when ministers respond to requests and letters from other elected representatives who have every right to ask questions on behalf of their constituents and have every right to expect an answer.

This government does not reflect this. It is for that reason that I moved this motion today asking the government to explain why there are such serious shortcomings with crime prevention and rehabilitation, why Canberrans cannot keep pace with the cost of living, why they are being left out of the conversation about our city’s future and why cronyism has become a defining attribute of government in the ACT. It is one-offs; it is special deals; it is cronyism; it is not knowing, not applying the rules in a fair and consistent way; it is double standards and dubious deals; and it is preferential treatment for some and not others. I am very disappointed that the government and the Greens will not support this motion today. But let me say, Mr Assistant Speaker, that I am not at all surprised.

Question resolved in the negative.

Education—government investment

MS ORR (Yerrabi) (4.25): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the importance of school education as a pathway to employment, inclusion and lifelong learning for Canberrans;

(b) the contribution of school leaders, teachers and educators to the lives of young Canberrans and the broader community;

(c) the ACT Government’s record of investment in ACT education, continuing through major initiatives in the 2017 Budget;

(d) the importance of funding schools on a needs basis and supporting equity among schools and students;

(e) that quality learning environments are central to effective teaching and learning; and

(f) the need for all schools to be safe, supportive and inclusive; and

(2) calls on the Government to:

(a) deliver the education commitments it has made to the Canberra community through the election campaign and the Parliamentary Agreement;

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