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Notice given 19 September 2002

175  Senator Tierney: To move—That the Senate—

(a) deplores comments made in the New South Wales Parliament on Tuesday, 17 September 2002, by the State Minister for Education and Training (Mr Watkins), which misrepresented the future direction of universities in Australia, in particular the role of rural and regional universities;

(b) notes that the Minister for Education, Science and Training (Dr Nelson) has put on the record that regional universities will not be disadvantaged by the current reform process;

(c) further notes that the Federal Minister told all state education ministers, including Mr Watkins, in July 2002 that Australia would not be returning to second tier, teaching-only, higher education institutions; and

(d) congratulates the Federal Minister for his comprehensive and inclusive review of higher education in Australia.