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Tuesday, 12 November 2002
Page: 6099

Senator ALLISON (Victoria) (3.44 p.m.)—I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the Gembrook Primary School has for the past 100 years had only two permanent classrooms, even when the school population has been around 300,

(ii) the Gembrook Primary School population has been around 170 children for the past 3 years and is increasing each year,

(iii) the Victorian State Government's school infrastructure policy for the ratio of permanent and portable classrooms is 80:20,

(iv) the Victorian State Government does not provide funding for the maintenance of portable classrooms, instead replacing them when the repair bill is more than 5 per cent of the cost of replacement, and

(v) as a result the Gembrook Primary School, receives no maintenance funding for most of its classrooms;

(b) calls on the Victorian State Government to provide Gembrook Primary School with four new permanent classrooms, bringing the capacity of its permanent classrooms to 150;

(c) recognises that there are many thousands of students housed in inadequate portable classrooms Australia-wide; and

(d) calls on the Federal Government to provide more funds for urgently needed, basic capital works in government schools.

Question put:

That the motion (Senator Allison's) be agreed to.