Our highly paid Liberal team has had nothing to say this week despite a slew of Government policy initiatives.
The Greens Meredith Hunter, on the other hand, has announced legislation she’s bringing in to improve consultation around educational issues:
- ACT Greens Parliamentary Convenor Meredith Hunter has submitted a Bill to the Legislative Assembly which will amend the Education Act 2004 to ensure that any decision to close, amalgamate, or consider closing or amalgamating a government school are made in a rigorous, thoughtful and transparent manner.
“This Bill will address issues in the act, to make sure that the sham consultation of 2006 can not be repeated,” Ms Hunter said today.
“There will be clear timeframes outlined which will allow better consultation and assessment of the facts, which will lead to better process and decisions being made…
“One of the greatest frustrations of the 2006 process was Government, with their minds already made up, heading out to listen to concerns, only to ignore them.
“To address this, the Bill states that the Minister must explain to the school community how the school community’s views have been taken into account in making the final decision.
I for one want to know if the Liberals are going to support this bill. Also very interested in what Labor has to say about it. We’ll keep you posted.