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Thursday, 21 June 2001
Page: 28408

Ms WORTH (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs) (12:47 PM) —I acknowledge the previous speaker's comments about adult learning. I also think that adult learning is a very important area—in fact, lifelong learning is an important area. I alert him to the fact that the Commonwealth does provide funding for Adult Learning Australia to run Adult Learners Week, but primary responsibility for the areas of adult and community education rests with the states and territories.

To briefly respond to the issues raised by the member for Calare which I failed to respond to previously, I am pleased that he notes the important initiatives and the expansion of places but I note that, as far as funding and university grants are concerned, funding is cost adjusted each year to take into account cost increases, so increases will be maintained in real terms. His concerns should be relieved in that respect. He also raised the issue of the University of Sydney campus at Orange. The university proposals will be considered later this year as part of the process followed each year for allocating resources between universities. I generally note his support.

Proposed expenditure agreed to.