Dear friends and colleagues in AACS,
The entire city of Canberra breathed a sigh of relief last night when Parliament closed its doors and Senators and MPs departed for a two month hiatus.
It was a week of high-drama. Sitting weeks at the start of next year are likely to follow a similar pattern with the Government having no majority in either the House of Representative or the Senate.
The year ends with a Bill affecting schools awaiting debate in the House of Representative, another Senate Inquiry on discrimination in faith-based schools underway, and the Ruddock Review having been promised to be released in advance of Christmas. There is plenty of challenges yet to navigate in this particular battle.
Meanwhile, funding agreements are yet to be finalised between the Commonwealth and State Governments, though progress has certainly been made. It has been a big year in education at the Commonwealth level!
This update summarises where a few different items are up to, and gives you and is our last general newsletter for the year. Please note some key dates we are highlighting for next year, in the article on the Parliamentary sitting calendar. We now can enter a period of more rest, but it would be great for you to have some dates for next year locked aside, so that we are well-positioned for when the year begins again.
We have been completely blown away by the support and encouragement we have had from you all, particularly over the past two months. We couldn’t be more grateful, or more proud to be representing Christian schools.
Grace and peace to you all,
Erik and Annette