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EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS REFERENCES COMMITTEE—PROPOSED REFERENCE

Senator Mason, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved business of the Senate notice of motion no. 1—That the following matters be referred to the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations References Committee for inquiry and report by 7 May 2013:

 (a) the adequacy and effectiveness of the current system of university funding, including:

  (i) base funding,

  (ii) research grants,


  (iii) the Education Investment Fund,

  (iv) government payment of FEE-HELP and other student loans,

  (v) scholarships,

  (vi) private fees,

  (vii) grants from state and local governments,

  (viii) private sources of income,

  (ix) profit from business ventures,

  (x) philanthropic giving, and

  (xi) other sources of income;

 (b) the adequacy and effectiveness of current funding arrangements, with respect to:

  (i) the capacity of universities to manage and serve increasing demand,

  (ii) the adequacy of campus infrastructure and resources,

  (iii) institutional autonomy and flexibility,

  (iv) institutional diversity,

  (v) the quality and diversity of teaching, and

  (vi) the quality and diversity of research; and

 (c) alternative policy and funding options for the higher education and public research sectors.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 31

Senators—

Abetz

Adams

Back

Bernardi

Birmingham

Boswell

Boyce

Brandis

Cash

Colbeck

Coonan

Cormann

Edwards

Eggleston

Fawcett

Fierravanti-Wells

Fifield

Fisher

Humphries

Joyce

Kroger (Teller)

Madigan

Mason

McKenzie

Nash

Parry

Ronaldson

Ryan

Scullion

Williams

Xenophon

NOES, 35

Senators—

Bilyk

Bishop

Brown, Bob

Brown, Carol

Cameron

Collins

Conroy

Crossin

Di Natale

Faulkner

Feeney

Furner

Gallacher

Hanson-Young

Hogg

Ludlam

Ludwig

Lundy

Marshall

McEwen (Teller)

McLucas

Milne

Moore

Polley

Pratt

Rhiannon

Sherry

Siewert

Singh

Stephens

Sterle

Thistlethwaite

Urquhart

Waters

Wright

Question negatived.