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Wednesday, 18 September 1996
Page: 4624


Mr ABBOTT (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs)(10.27 a.m.) —in reply—Mr Deputy Speaker, as members are aware, this is a very simple and very straightforward bill. It extends the operation of tuition assurance schemes for a further two years. These are excellent arrangements. Since their introduction in 1993, all students have received the tuition they have paid for or have been refunded their fees. As a result of these arrangements, the Commonwealth has not been called upon to provide financial support to students where a provider has been unable or unwilling to meet its commitments.

So they are very good arrangements. They have the support of the educational industry. They have the wholehearted support of education providers. I am delighted to see that they have the support of the opposition as well as that of the government. I thank the shadow minister for his contribution to the debate, I thank members on both sides for their contributions to the debate, and I am delighted to know that the education industry is progressing so well in the electorates of honourable members. I commend this bill to honourable members.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

Bill—by leave—reported to the House without amendment.