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Wednesday, 29 April 1987
Page: 2190


Mr DAWKINS (Minister for Trade)(3.42) —I move:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

The States Grants (Tertiary Education Assistance) Act 1984 provides grants to the States and the Northern Territory for financial assistance to universities, colleges of advanced education, institutes of tertiary education and for technical and further education for the 1985-87 triennium. The purpose of this Bill is to adjust and supplement for cost increases these grants in accordance with the Government's agreed procedures. The supplementation takes account of the recent national wage decision for all but the university academics who are currently seeking an amendment to their award with the Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission. Provision to cover changes resulting from this will be included in the next round of legislation. The total amount of supplementation to be provided by this Bill is $78,281,000. I commend the Bill to the House. I also present the explanatory memorandum to the Bill.

Debate (on motion by Mr Beale) adjourned.