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Wednesday, 29 August 2001
Page: 30497


Mr LEE (12:25 PM) —In this year's budget papers in the forward estimates, at table 4 on page 41 of one of the budget statements, there was provision for what I thought was the two per cent for universities. It came under Education, Training and Youth Affairs and provided additional funding in the forward estimates for higher education staff salaries. But that is only listed as between $43 million and $44.8 million, covering the years 2000-01 through to 2003-04. I am wondering if that is because only about half of the universities have so far qualified for the two per cent. Is that the reason that the expense measure only appears to have only half the funds which are required to pay every university the full two per cent?