Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 21 September 2017) . . Page.. 4104 ..
some states and territories asked for the right to be able to cut their school funding in light of the increase in the investment in education by the commonwealth coalition government. Will the ACT be maintaining the level of funding currently directed to ACT schools in dollar terms?
MS BERRY: The ACT government was very clear on its commitment during the election that it would commit to the funding available through the Gonski agreement, and we will continue to pursue that.
MR WALL: Minister, will any schools in the ACT receive a funding reduction in territory contribution funding under the new funding model in dollar terms?
MS BERRY: If Mr Wall knows something that I do not around the funding model and what actually is going to happen, if he could let us know, we would have a clearer picture of what will actually happen to ACT government schools.
There is no clear information coming out from the federal government about what that funding model will look like, what the reforms that will be attached to that funding model will look like, and how that will turn into costs for schools as well. At the moment, we are still in a situation where it is very unclear what the funding and the reforms that are connected to that will look like.
MRS DUNNE: Minister, will the ACT government be signing off on the COAG agreement to maintain its funding obligations under Gonski 2.0 and will those funding commitments mean maintenance of funding in the ACT in dollar terms?
MS BERRY: Again, there is still very little information from the federal government about what they are actually going to do with states and territories with regard to forms and funding. There is talk of consultation that is very short on information and at this stage of the game no state or territory has reached any kind of inclination that they would agree to anything because there is very little information on the table and no information on the reforms and how states and territories could be penalised if they do not sign up to or agree with some mysterious reforms that we do not even know about yet.
Citizens juries—selection process
MS LEE: My question is to the Chief Minister and relates to the establishment of a citizens jury on compulsory third-party insurance laws. Chief Minister, facilitators appointed by the government to establish the jury anticipated 300 to 400 acceptances from the 6,000 invitations to nominate for this citizens jury. They said that a panel of 50 would be selected from those acceptances. However, according to recent media reports, only 76 acceptances were received. Chief Minister, what criteria were used to select the 6,000 households, and who set and applied the criteria?
MR BARR: I understand it was a random selection across available data. The invitations were sent via Australia Post. The criteria were set by democracyCo, in conjunction with the territory government.