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Wednesday, 29 August 2001
Page: 30475

Debate resumed from 28 August, on motion by Dr Kemp:

That the bill be now read a second time.

upon which Mr Lee moved by way of amendment:

That all words after “That” be omitted with a view to substituting the following words: “whilst not declining to give the bill a second reading, the House condemns the Government for damaging Australian universities through massive funding cuts, and for reducing opportunities for Australian undergraduate and postgraduate students, in particular by:

(1) cutting Commonwealth funding for universities by $3 billion since 1996, thereby reducing student places by 81,500;

(2) overseeing a reduction of 3,278 in enrolments of Australian university students in 2000;

(3) cutting the number of research training places by 3,336; and

(4) cutting HECS postgraduate coursework places by 60% since 1996”.