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Notice given 25 June 2001

954  Senator Tierney: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) Australian Labor Party and Australian Democrats senators are holding up a Senate committee reporting date on the Innovation and Education Legislation Bill 2001, which contains vital start-up funding for dozens of new schools, until 28 June 2001, and

(ii) this action makes it unlikely that the bill will be passed during the winter sittings of Parliament, so some of these affected schools will not be able to be paid the first instalment of their establishment grant entitlement at the expected time;

(b) condemns this delay, which could also affect schools educating students with disabilities and indigenous community schools which may not receive their full assistance;

(c) criticises the Australian Labor Party’s targeting of independent schools and the establishment of new schools, including those which serve the neediest communities; and

(d) calls on all parties to support this bill so that schools can get on with the job of teaching Australia’s children.