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Monday, 6 December 2004
Page: 103

Senator VANSTONE (Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Indigenous Affairs) (8:27 PM) —We all understand the importance of the Catholic education system. Senator Carr was at pains to point that out in earlier debates. The advice that I have is that, especially in some of the more remote places, the local bishop or priest may well have some involvement. This part of the legislation does not single out anybody; it is just recognition of a fact. The Catholic system is a very important part of the education system in Australia and I am advised that it is a fact that those people to whom we refer may have this particular involvement and there is no harm in mentioning them.