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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 09 Hansard (Tuesday, 22 August 2017) . . Page.. 3086 ..

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Appropriation Bill 2017-2018

[Cognate bill:

Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2017-2018

Cognate papers:

Estimates 2017-2018—Select Committee report

Estimates 2017-2018—Select Committee—government response]

Debate resumed from 17 August 2017.

MADAM SPEAKER: I remind members that in debating order of the day No 4, executive business, they may also address their remarks to executive business order of the day No 5 and Assembly business orders of the day relating to the report of the Select Committee on Estimates 2017-2018 and the government’s response.

Detail stage

Schedule 1—Appropriations—Proposed expenditure.

Education Directorate—Part 1.9.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (12.16): On behalf of Mr Wall, who is otherwise disposed today, I would like to make these comments in relation to part 1.9, the appropriation for education. Education is one of the big ticket items in the territory budget, with an investment of $1.2 billion. This makes education core business for this government. However, despite the rhetoric emanating from the Labor-Greens government, results do not reflect the investments that are made here in the ACT.

In the Auditor-General’s report into the ACT’s performance in education, published in May this year, it was noted:

The Government school performance in the ACT report identified that, when comparing ACT public schools with similar schools in other jurisdictions, ACT public schools consistently achieved lower results:

State and Territory results show that after taking account of intake and context differences, ACT government schools on average achieve negative results on every measure.

The auditor goes on to say:

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