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Wednesday, 4 November 1992
Page: 2602

Mr BEAZLEY (Minister for Employment, Education and Training) (6.21 p.m.) —I move:

  That the Bill be now read a second time.

This Bill proposes to amend the States Grants (Schools Assistance) Act 1988 to provide for supplementation of funds appropriated for schools programs for 1992. The Bill extends eligibility for the English as a second language program to dependants of certain categories of temporary entry permit holders who are in Australia on visas rather than on temporary entry permits.

  The Bill provides for additional funds under the award restructuring assistance program in 1992 to meet the Commonwealth's share of additional costs associated with the increase in the salary benchmark for four-year trained teachers to $38,000 per year and with the introduction of advanced skills teacher positions.

  The Bill appropriates additional funds for schools programs for 1992 in line with current supplementation arrangements. Total funding for schools programs for 1992 is estimated to be $2,662.5m, comprising $2,082.8m for general recurrent grants, $307.4m for capital grants and $272.3m for targeted and joint programs. I commend the Bill to the House and present the explanatory memorandum to this Bill.

  Debate (on motion by Mr Anderson) adjourned.