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Wednesday, 27 November 1996
Page: 6174


Senator CARR(6.16 p.m.) —That is exactly the point, Minister. You have been claiming all over this country that this government will be providing more resources for government schools when your own department has indicated to the Senate that there are fewer resources in terms of specific purpose payments measured in 1996 dollars. Your own department has indicated that there is a cut. In fact, that cut is quite dramatic, particularly if you look at the years from 1996 to the year 1999-2000. The cut in fact is of the order of $87 million. This is quite inconsistent with the statements that you have been making. Therefore, is it not the case that you have clearly misled the Senate?