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Wednesday, 13 August 2003
Page: 18323

Debate resumed from 12 August, on motion by Dr Nelson:

That this bill be now read a second time.

upon which Ms Macklin moved by way of amendment:

That all words after “That” be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

“whilst not declining to give the bill a second reading, the House

(1) condemns the Government for:

(a) the failure of its policies to tackle the real issues facing higher educ-ation in Australia, including in the following areas:

(i) the increasing financial burden its policies are placing on students and their families, and the related growth of student debt;

(ii) the continuing inability of uni-vers-ities to enrol qualified students who wish to take up a publicly-funded place;

(iii) the inadequate provision for gro-wth in higher education, espec-ially in the period 2004-2007;

(iv) the inadequate planning for meeting key areas of skill short-age through higher education, in-cluding teaching and nursing;

(v) inadequate indexation of univer-sity fund-ing;

(vi) inattention to the links between higher education and TAFE;

(vii) a lack of focus on quality, in-nov-ation and global changes in high-er education;

(b) underfunding the rebuilding of the Mt Stro-mlo observatory, and

(2) calls on the Government to amend the bill so as to limit the degree of Ministerial dis-cretion over the div-ision of funding between different categories of re-search programs”.