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STANDING COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT - 11/02/2011 - School libraries and teacher librarians in Australian schools
STANDING COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT
House of Representatives committee
Friday, 11 February 2011
School libraries and teacher librarians in Australian schools
Final

CHAIR (Ms Rishworth) —I declare open this private briefing of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Education and Employment, as part of its inquiry into school libraries and teacher librarians. The inquiry was initially referred to the former Standing Committee on Education and Training in March 2010 by the then education minister, Julia Gillard. The inquiry lapsed with the end of the 42nd Parliament and was re-referred to the current Standing Committee on Education and Employment by the Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth, the Hon. Peter Garrett, in November 2010. The evidence gathered for the inquiry by the former committee was substantial. It received nearly 400 submissions and conducted 12 public hearings, in all state and territory capitals: Canberra, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney. We, as the new committee, have been sifting through that material—there is a lot of great material there. The current committee resolved to use the evidence gathered for the former inquiry into teacher librarians in order to develop its report and make its recommendations. The purpose of today’s briefing is to give the department and peak bodies an opportunity to update members. That is, I think, the key of what we are looking for: any new developments or things that have not happened that we can add to the report.

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