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Wednesday, 29 August 2001
Page: 30500


Mr LEE (12:42 PM) —The last comment I will make on this is simply to say that we accept the minister's challenge that, if the opposition believes that our country has to invest more in education, and higher education in particular, then we will need to persuade the Australian community that education should be one of the highest priorities for our nation in this coming decade. We reject the minister's attempts to equate a concern about universities, schools and TAFE colleges with an increase in taxation. We will demonstrate to the Australian people that an opposition that offers a plan to increase national investment in our public institutions—not just in education but also in health—can provide the Australian community with a positive alternative vision that is not matched by those who currently occupy that side of this House.