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Friday, 10 November 2000
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Senator BROWN (1:57 PM) —The point Senator Allison makes is a good one. The minister indicated that these amendments would see a drop in funding for the public school sector but he has not been able to substantiate that.


Senator Ellison —Yes, I have.


Senator BROWN —He has been able to assert it, but he has not been able to substantiate it.


Senator Ellison —What's the difference between 30 and 10, in round figures? Twenty.


Senator BROWN —A 10 per cent adjustment is a 10 per cent adjustment, in reply to that interjection from the minister. He has not been able to provide this committee with the figures, although he has had these amendments for quite some time. It is not good enough to just say, `Well, it's going to lead to a reduction in funding for the public school system.' These amendments could very easily be made on his advice. We could change these amendments to use the AGSRC figure or the inflation figure, whichever is the greatest. The point Senator Allison makes is the conclusive one: the Labor Party is not going to support either the Democrat amendments or the Green amendment in this matter.

Amendments not agreed to.


The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Watson)—Senator Brown, do you wish to proceed with your amendment in relation to clauses 125 to 130?