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Thursday, 4 October 1984
Page: 1666


Mr DAWKINS (Minister for Finance)(5.52) —I move:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

The purpose of this Bill is to amend the States Grants (Education Assistance- Participation and Equity) Act 1983 to: Firstly, allocate the bulk of 1985 funds to the States for participation and equity programs in government and non- government schools and technical and further education institutions; secondly, provide an additional $4m to TAFE institutions in 1985 and 1986 as previously announced in the Guidelines to the Commonwealth Tertiary Education Commission for the 1985-87 triennium; thirdly, reserve some 1985 funds specifically for projects related to Aboriginal education as recommended by the Commonwealth Schools Commission; and fourthly, supplement for cost increases the grants available to government and non-government education authorities in the States and the Northern Territory to conduct projects and programs under the participation and equity program in the years 1984, 1985 and 1986.

The cost supplementation proposed is in accord with the Government's undertaking to provide retrospective cost supplementation for this program. The adjustments are consistent with those being made to the States Grants (Schools Assistance) Bill and the States Grants (Tertiary Education Assistance) Bill which are also before the House today. This supplementation plus the additional $4m being provided for TAFE will involve a further appropriation of $1.23m in 1984 and $6,403,000m for each of the years 1985 and 1986. Provision for these increases was included in the Budget. I commend the Bill to the House.

Debate (on motion by Mr Connolly) adjourned.