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Anti-Discrimination Laws

 

Notice of motion
Senator Sarah Hanson-Young

 

I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move:

  • a) That the Senate calls on the Federal Government to investigate and review Anti-Discrimination laws across Australia and the need to ensure protection to same-sex couples and LGBTI Australians.

Motion passed.

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EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS REFERENCES COMMITTEE - 29/10/2010 - National Assessment Program-Literacy and Numeracy

Senator Hanson Young -I will go straight to the criticisms of the use of the NAPLAN test as a significant part of the information displayed and presented on the My School website which, overall, is giving a representation of a school's performance, whereas the NAPLAN test is a test that is assessing an individual student's performance.

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EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS REFERENCES COMMITTEE - 29/10/2010 - National Assessment Program-Literacy and Numeracy

Senator Hanson Young -Could we go back. I firstly want to pick up on something that Senator Marshall said in relation to the statically similar schools. Correct me if I am wrong, but is it not that there are wrong comparisons based on what is being used to compare schools-statistically similar schools?

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EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS REFERENCES COMMITTEE - 29/10/2010 - National Assessment Program-Literacy and Numeracy

Senator Hanson Young —There has been lots of discussion about the abuse of the My School website and whether it is helpful, who it is helpful for and what that kind of transparency means not just for parents and teachers in schools but also government, in making sure there is accountability across all of those different interest groups.

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EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS REFERENCES COMMITTEE - 29/10/2010 - National Assessment Program-Literacy and Numeracy

Senator Hanson Young -You have talked about this as a complementary measure to the already existing NAPLAN tests and you are arguing that being able to put out all this information means more transparency and greater breadth of information. In your opening statement you made a comment around needing to use this for action. What do you mean by that?

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Murray-Darling Basin

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (2.24 pm) - My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Senator Conroy.

Senator Conroy, I hope you still have some voice left. Will the minister confirm that a requirement of the constitutional head of power, under section 51 of the Constitution, on which the Water Act is based, is to uphold our obligations under international environmental treaties and that therefore any reforms to the Murray-Darling Basin under the act must deliver environmental sustainability and protection?

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