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Tuesday, 20 June 2017
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Schools


Senator GALLAGHER (Australian Capital TerritoryManager of Opposition Business in the Senate) (14:54): My question is to Minister Birmingham, as education minister. Earlier in question time, Minister, you informed the Senate that further discussions are to be held with the Catholic Education Commission. Minister, what changes are you considering as part of these discussions?


Senator BIRMINGHAM (South AustraliaMinister for Education and Training) (14:54): I did earlier in question time indicate that discussions with a range of stakeholders and parties continue, as is the case when ministers are bringing forward reform packages. Those discussions will continue, but I will treat them with the respect they deserve—I undertake those discussions in private with those different stakeholders and parties.

The PRESIDENT: Senator Gallagher, a supplementary question.



Senator GALLAGHER ( Australian Capital Territory Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate ) ( 14:55 ): Minister, what will be the budget impact of any changes to the current package?


Senator BIRMINGHAM ( South Australia Minister for Education and Training ) ( 14:55 ): I refer the senator to my previous answer, but I would also refer the senator to the fact that the Turnbull government, as always, makes sure that its budgets stack up, unlike the types of funny-money promises those opposite make all of the time.

The PRESIDENT: Senator Gallagher, a final supplementary question.



Senator GALLAGHER ( Australian Capital Territory Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate ) ( 14:55 ): Minister, as part of these further discussions, will there be any changes required for the independent school sector as a result of any special arrangements with other stakeholders, including the Catholic Education Commission?


Senator BIRMINGHAM ( South Australia Minister for Education and Training ) ( 14:56 ): I refer the senator to the answer to the primary question, as well as the answers to earlier questions in question time.