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Thursday, 21 October 1999
Page: 12189

Dr KEMP (Education, Training and Youth Affairs; Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service) (5:28 PM) —I move:

That the amendment be agreed to.

The amendment is very simple and straightforward. It adds to the funding appropriated in the legislation; additional funding in line with the government's commitment on Monday to provide $259 million to the universities to allow further salary supplementation. These funds—$84.9 million in 2000 and $86.5 million in 2001—will allow the universities to offer a pay rise of an extra two per cent in addition to other amounts they receive from normal indexation, their own revenue measures and productivity improvements, on the condition that flexibilities are introduced into the agreements made between universities and their staff.