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Tuesday, 15 October 2002
Page: 5169


Senator CARR (5:11 PM) — Before we get to the precise details of the Democrat amendment, could the minister, who has already conveyed to us his expertise in this area, enlarge on some statements he made in the second reading debate? Could he explain to us exactly how he reached the conclusion that Commonwealth funding has increased by 5.6 per cent since 1996, in comparison with state funding, which he claims increased by 2.7 per cent? On what basis were those calculations made?