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Thursday, 18 November 2010
Page: 1574


Senator LUDWIG (Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) (10:01 AM) —I seek leave to make a short statement.


The PRESIDENT —Leave is granted for two minutes.


Senator LUDWIG —I thank the opposition. The government is disappointed that the opposition is using the Senate to fuel confusion in the disability sector about the roles of the Commonwealth, states and territories in funding both education and disability services. As the Senate well knows, education, including education for children with disabilities is funded by states and territories. The planning and delivery of education facilities for children with disability is undertaken by the state and territory governments, not on the floor of the Senate. Further, notices of motion is not an appropriate place to appropriate $2.2 million. The time of the shadow minister for disabilities, carers and the voluntary sector would be better spent working constructively with persons with disability and their families rather than building expectations which, quite frankly, the opposition is aware cannot be delivered.

Question agreed to.