New plan to share programs with Victoria
PS News, June 16, 2016
The ACT and Victoria are to work together on a range of education and health initiatives following a meeting between ACT Chief Minister, Andrew Barr (pictured) and the Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews.
Mr Barr said the leaders agreed to collaborate in several areas, including the Safe Schools program, the prevention of family violence and access to medicinal cannabis.
He said also under consideration was the possibility of low-cost flights between Canberra and Melbourne.
Mr Barr said the Safe Schools program existed to do something about the bullying and discrimination faced by too many young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning (LGBTIQ) Australians.
“Following our meeting, we will share curriculum resources and the findings of research into ways the effectiveness of the program can be enhanced,” Mr Barr said.
He said 80 per cent of homophobic and transphobic bullying of young LGBTIQ people occurred at school, distracting students from learning and sapping them of their potential.
“The training, resources and advice provided to schools, staff and students have been of high quality and are already highly valued by staff, students and families in the ACT,” Mr Barr said.
The Chief Minister said the ACT and Victoria would also undertake collaborative projects so both jurisdictions benefited from each other’s successes and resources.
“We will work together to encourage a low-cost carrier to introduce cheaper flights between these two dynamic capital cities,” Mr Barr said.
He said adding a low-cost carrier had the potential to provide a significant boost to tourism in both directions, supporting jobs in Melbourne and Canberra.
“We will also work together on access to medicinal cannabis in our respective jurisdictions and collaborate on trials and research,” Mr Barr said.