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Wednesday, 4 November 1992
Page: 2602


Mr BEAZLEY (Minister for Employment, Education and Training) (6.18 p.m.) —I move:

  That the Bill be now read a second time.

The Vocational Education and Training Funding Bill provides Commonwealth funds for vocational education and training for the 1993-95 triennium. Part 2 of the Bill amends the States Grants (TAFE Assistance) Act 1989 to provide supplementation in respect of 1992 recurrent funds. The States Grants Act is further amended to provide for Commonwealth funds for vocational education and training to be paid through States Grants Act arrangements in 1993, 1994 and 1995. The Bill provides for the appropriation of a total of $552.187m in 1993, $630.795m in 1994, $709.825m in 1995, and for an additional $5.028m for recurrent purposes in 1992, in line with normal cost supplementation arrangements.

  Part 3 of the Bill provides for the payment of vocational education and training funds to the proposed Australian National Training Authority in respect of 1994 and 1995. Payments will be made to the Authority if the date of commencement of part 3 of the Bill has been fixed by proclamation after the commencement of the Australian National Training Authority Act 1992, but before 31 December 1993. If part 3 of the Bill has commenced, funds for vocational education and training for 1994 and 1995 could not be paid through States Grants Act arrangements.  I present the explanatory memorandum to this Bill and commend the Bill to honourable members.

  Debate (on motion by Mr Anderson) adjourned.