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EDUCATION—INSIGHT EDUCATION CENTRE FOR THE BLIND AND VISION IMPAIRED

Senator Fifield, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 106—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that there are six schools for deaf and hearing impaired students in Melbourne but no dedicated school for blind and vision impaired students;

 (b) acknowledges that whilst mainstream schooling is appropriate for many children with disabilities, some children require more intensive support in specialist environments for a period of time;

 (c) supports the right of parents to choose the educational setting that best meets the needs of their child;


 (d) commends the parents involved in the Insight Education Centre for the Blind and Vision Impaired for their tireless advocacy and hard work on behalf of blind and vision impaired children; and

 (e) calls on the Government to:

  (i) establish a Commonwealth Disability and Carer Ombudsman to undertake a nationwide audit of special schools that cater for particular disabilities to establish the needs that exist across Australia, and

  (ii) provide $2.2 million in capital funding to the Insight Education Centre for the Blind and Vision Impaired.

Statement by leave: The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Senator Ludwig), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.