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Thursday, 26 September 2002
Page: 4964

Senator ALSTON (Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts) (10:19 AM) —I was not here for the start of the debate, so I apologise for that. The original amendment, to which I believe Senator Harris is referring, is the one that would have massively duplicated the existing state accreditation processes, so it was basically a Commonwealth land grab. I hesitate to say it, but I think Senator Carr's summary was pretty accurate as to the effects of the amendment, because it does ensure that the institutions will report consistently with the obligations imposed on public institutions and it will provide a range of information that he had adverted to as well.

As Senator Harris rightly points out, the legislation simply requires that information be provided as soon as practicable. I am authorised to undertake to the chamber not only that that information will be provided and incorporated in the triennial funding reports but also that those reports will be tabled on an annual basis. So the information will be there regularly. You will have the certain knowledge of progress and you will have it on a rolling basis, so I think that pretty much satisfies most of the concerns.

Question agreed to.

Resolution reported; report adopted.