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Wednesday, 29 August 2001
Page: 30497


Mr LEE (12:26 PM) —I thank the minister for that clarification. Since the statement of risks in the budget contained no reference to the fact that the remaining half of universities were being assessed as to whether they met the industrial relations criteria that the government had set, am I right in thinking that the contingency reserve or some other part of the forward estimates already covers the remaining $40 million or so that is required to top up the remaining universities if they subsequently meet the government's IR criteria? Have I made that clear, or would you like me to say that again?


Dr Kemp —I am not entirely sure what you mean.


Mr LEE —The budget estimates clearly identify $40 million for each of the coming years in the forward estimates. The bill allocates an extra $27 million for this year. Is that coming off the budget bottom line, or is that already provided for in the forward estimates? I have assumed that, since there is nothing about it in the statement of budget risks, the full $80 million is provided for somewhere or other in the forward estimates, either in the $40 million already covered, as stated specifically in the item for Education, Training and Youth Affairs, or somewhere else in the forward estimates—in the contingency reserve or some other part of the forward estimates. If the minister would prefer to take that on notice, I am willing to let him correspond with me, if that is his desire.