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Wednesday, 13 October 1999
Page: 11476

Mr LEE —My question is again addressed to the Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs. Minister, can you explain how under this secret plan, now exposed, families and young people are supposed to come up with $100,000, a figure based on the current fees for physiotherapy at Melbourne University? Minister, will families be expected to take out two mortgages—one for the house and one for their children's education? Why are you forcing Australian families to make a choice between saving for a house and saving to educate their children?

Mr Ross Cameron —Mr Speaker, I raise a point of order. The question is excessively argumentative. It is nothing more than an invitation to debate, and it ought to be ruled out of order.

Mr SPEAKER —The member for Parramatta makes a valid point of order. A number of questions from the member for Dobell, as I indicated earlier, have in the way they were framed advanced an argument. But that is not unusual for questions in the parliament. I would require the member for Dobell not to advance argument in his questions to the degree that he has been so doing.

Dr KEMP (Education, Training and Youth Affairs; Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service) —Any education policies that the government puts forward will continue to pursue the objectives that the government's education policies have pursued up until now, and that is to improve access to education for all students, regardless of their financial circumstances.