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Senator Ronaldson, also on behalf of Senator Milne, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 270—That the Senate—

 (a) notes the importance of the Australian National Academy of Music as a unique institution for the cultivation of Australia's finest classical musicians;

 (b) deplores statements by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts (Mr Garrett) casting aspersions on the efficiency and effectiveness of the academy; and

 (c) calls on the Government immediately to reinstate Commonwealth funding to the Australian National Academy of Music for the 2008-09 financial year in the amount of $2 545 000, as originally promised by the Rudd Government.

Statements by leave: Senator Ronaldson and the Minister for Human Services (Senator Ludwig), by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.