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Tuesday, 25 February 2020
Page: 1607

Mr LAMING (Bowman) (13:58): A word of congratulations to Queensland and to its curriculum assessment agency, QCAA, for releasing important data on school performance. I table a couple of graphics supporting the great work of Queensland schools. I want to recognise some of the schools with the least government funding that have some of the best results in my state. They are Fairholme College, Redeemer Lutheran College, St Rita's College, Citipointe Christian College, All Saints Anglican School, Brisbane State High School, St Joseph's College Gregory Terrace, Moreton Bay College, Ormiston College and Cannon Hill Anglican College, along with the Brisbane grammar schools, which perform at the top but as expected. That important work of QCAA is backed up by the shift to ATAR happening in 2020. So, yes, Queensland will finally report its school graduates the same as the rest of the country, bringing Queensland in line with the rest of Australia, if that is ever going to be possible. At least it will be possible for tertiary entrants and there will be comparison across state borders. The data of Australia's ACARA will be coming out on 18 March.

For those boffins that love Eurovision, for those who stay up all night to watch the Super Bowl, I want to give a pat on the back to ACARA for releasing their data at 1 pm on Wednesday the 18th so that we get it in office hours, recognising the achievement of Australian schools reporting around the nation equivalent school performance so that we know how they're performing. Finally, to our education minister: thank you for your work on the childcare subsidy, on the Choice and Affordability Fund and on the capacity-to-contribute legislation. (Time expired)

The SPEAKER: It being 2 pm, the time for members' statements has concluded, in accordance with standing order 43.