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Mr Pearce, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1) recognises the importance and value of all children learning music as part of their school education;

(2) appreciates how the learning of music can provide additional benefits to a child's overall academic and educational development;

(3) acknowledges the significant contribution and effort that people from all walks of life make to their local communities through music and arts initiatives, particularly those that support our youth;

(4) recognises the positive link between the wellbeing of our youth and their appreciation and active participation in music activities; and

(5) calls on the Government through the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA) to actively support and encourage:

 (a) an increased presence and heightened importance of learning music within the various education curricula throughout Australia; and

(b) an increase in funding for school music education programs from respective State and Territory governments.

Debate ensued.

At 1.45 p.m., the time allotted for the debate having expired, the debate was interrupted in accordance with standing order 106A, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.