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Wednesday, 23 March 2011
Page: 1539

Senator JACINTA COLLINS (Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations) (10:13 AM) —by leave—The government opposes the Greens second reading amendment. The government fully intends to respond as quickly as feasible to the review of school funding. The review is on track to report to government by the end of this year. This amendment is pre-emptive. We will take the appropriate amount of time to respond, based on the actual report. It is pre-emptive to anticipate that report. Nothing happened for 13 years under the previous government to properly reform school funding. We are committed to getting this right. The timing of the government’s response is a matter for the minister to determine and he does not need advice from the Greens as to how to carry out this reform. We are however pleased to note that the Greens are committed to reforming the funding system for all schools, both government and non-government.

Question agreed to.

Original question, as amended, agreed to.

Bill read a second time.