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Wednesday, 29 November 2017
Page: 9247


Senator CHISHOLM (Queensland) (16:22): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator CHISHOLM: Labor opposes this motion, which is a blatant stunt. The Auditor-General has found the grant to One Community met the guidelines and was spent for the intended purpose. The South Australian Labor government should be applauded for standing up against your plan to cut funding to South Australian schools by $210 million in 2018 and 2019. The minister has let schools in South Australia down and would love to silence those who speak up for South Australian principals, teachers, parents and students. Unlike those opposite, Labor believes every school should be a great school and that every school should receive its fair level of funding. That is why federal Labor has committed to reversing your cuts in full.

The PRESIDENT: The question is that general business notice of motion No. 617, as amended, be agreed to.