Page 1576 - Week 05 - Tuesday, 8 May 2018

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Opposition members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, Mr Pettersson has the call and is about to ask a question.

Education—future strategy

MR PETTERSSON: My question is to the Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development. Minister, can you please update the Assembly on the future of education project?

MS BERRY: I thank Mr Pettersson for his question and I am very happy to update the Assembly on progress so far on the future of education. At the start of my time when I was appointed as education minister, I kicked off a big conversation with the ACT community about the vital work that the government does in providing education in the ACT. That conversation has been a big and genuine conversation. It has involved the government providing some stimulus to the community, listening to feedback from individuals in the community and then confirming that what we heard was what they told us. I am really happy to say that the conversation so far has included over 5,000 interactions from students, parents, teachers, educators, support staff and other community members.

Over the first few months of 2018 the conversation transitioned to its second phase. There are already 10 key themes which I have spoken about before in the Assembly. These have filtered down to some key strategies that will be developed in an education strategy for now and into the future. It has involved a lot of further discussions and will provide more information to the ACT government about the future of education in the ACT.

Opposition members interjecting

MS BERRY: Those very strong common foundations for the strategy are already emerging. They include learning professionals, students, systems and the community.

Ms Cody: A point of order, Madam Speaker.


Ms Cody: I was trying very hard to listen to the minister’s response to the question that Mr Pettersson asked but people on the other side of the chamber were talking, laughing and making jokes. I thought this was a very serious question time. They have been asking some serious questions. We have been listening quite contentedly to the ministers’ responses. It would be nice if they could show the same courtesy.

Mrs Dunne: Was that a point of order?

MADAM SPEAKER: It was a point of order. It was about being quiet and allowing people to answer the question without being interrupted and other members being able to hear.

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