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Wednesday, 21 June 2000
Page: 17991


Mr LEE (5:18 PM) —If the parliamentary secretary is as keen as she sounds to introduce the new SES funding model, could she tell us how many more days in addition to 400 we will have to wait to see the legislation that will actually implement the budget decision announced last year. I am not sure she understands that, given that this legislation will determine the funding for non-government schools after 1 January 2001, the non-government schools, including some of those needy Catholic schools she mentioned, are getting very nervous that the government, after 400 days, has not yet been able to finalise the legislation. I am sure it would be of great comfort to them if the government could give a commitment to ensure that the legislation is at least introduced to the parliament so that both houses can commence consideration of the very complex legislation which will require some close scrutiny.