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Thursday, 9 February 2017
Page: 437

Presentation

Senator Fawcett and Senator Pratt to move:

That the time for the presentation of the report of the Select Committee on the Exposure Draft of the Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill be extended to 15 February 2017.

Senator Collins: to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes:

(i) the Turnbull Government’s $30 billion cut from our schools which broke an election promise to match Labor’s funding plan dollar for dollar,

(ii) the refusal of the Government to fully fund year 5 and 6 of the Gonski needs-based schools funding model,

(iii) that while some schools are over-funded, many others, particularly in our most disadvantaged communities, are struggling without adequate funding,

(iv) the Prime Minister’s abandoned plan to cut all federal funding from public schools, and

(v)the tearing up of agreements negotiated by the previous Labor Government that required states and territories to grow their investment in schools and improve teaching quality, literacy and numeracy; and

(b) calls on the Minister for Education and Training (Senator Birmingham) to:

(i) immediately table in the Senate the Government’s plans for funding Australian schools in the coming years,

(ii) make an explanation to the Senate about how the Government intends to provide for each state and school system, and

(iii) provide clear information as to how much funding the Government intends to provide to each and every school.

Senator Siewert to move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that the adult incarceration rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples increased by 77.4 per cent from 2000 to 2015;

(b) acknowledges the growing incarceration rates of our First Peoples is shameful;

(c) notes the Redfern Statement, which was released in 2016 by over 55 Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal organisations and peak bodies, sets out a plan for addressing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ disadvantage;

(d) notes that the Redfern Statement calls for justice targets to help focus the effort to reduce Aboriginal incarceration; and

(e) calls on the Government to listen to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and adopt justice targets as a matter of urgency.