Page 3736 - Week 10 - Thursday, 14 September 2017

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One of the programs that the Suburban Land Agency will be continuing is the mingle program, which provides an opportunity for people to come together, meet each other and network before the suburb is even built. I have asked the Suburban Land Agency to continue with the mingle program but also to build on that in new and innovative ways so that people have the best chance to meet up and form new communities before the buildings are actually put in place.

Education—Shaddock review recommendation

MR WALL: My question is to the Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development. In response to the boy in the cage scandal in 2015 the expert panel on students with complex needs and challenging behaviours made 49 recommendations to your government. One of those recommendations was that the Education Directorate publish policies about the placement of students in learning support units covering timing, eligibility criteria and rights of review. The original deadline for this recommendation was May 2016, and the revised due date is now September 2017. Minister, why has it taken so long to implement this recommendation?

MS BERRY: I refer the member to the comments that I made yesterday in response to his motion in this place: the advice of the advisory board was that the government take the time to take a considered approach to implementing all of the recommendations. Thirty-four of the 50 recommendations have been closed. As to a lot of the other recommendations, including the recommendation that Mr Wall is referring to, on the advice of the advisory board, the government is taking its time to make sure that the implementation of the recommendation makes an enduring change to the culture within ACT schools.

MR WALL: Minister, what has been the primary reason for the delay in publishing these policies as per the recommendation?

MS BERRY: There has been no delay. The time frame is three years. We are half way through the implementation of the recommendations.

MS LEE: Minister, will you guarantee that the deadline will not blow out again?

MS BERRY: I just do not accept the premise of that question at all. There has been no blowout of the deadline: three years, on the advice of experts, to take our time and be very careful and considerate of the approach in the implementation of the recommendations.

Hume—waste to energy plant

MS LEE: My question is to the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development. Minister, the FOY Group has recently changed its name to Integrated Green Energy and published a revised prospectus containing an offer to raise capital in its attempt to continue pursuing a waste to energy plant at its land in Hume. What is the current status of the contract for sale of land to the FOY Group, given that it has failed to meet not only the June date for completion but also the subsequent deadline of 7 September?

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