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Friday, 23 August 1985
Page: 253

Senator MACKLIN —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate-

(a) notes that the proposed cutback in resources allocated to the Australian Capital Territory education system will severely disadvantage students in educational institutions in the ACT at a time when the Government claims to be concerned about increasing participation and equity in education;

(b) notes that the proposed cutbacks are not accompanied with any proposed reduction in functions required to be performed by the ACT education system; and

(c) notes that proposed cutbacks in the A.C.T. are symptomatic of the general reduction in real funding to Government schools as detailed in Budget Paper No. 1, including a reduction after allowing for inflation of 3.4 per cent in grants to the States and the Northern Territory for Government schools; of 4.8 per cent in grants for joint programs; of 47 per cent for the participation and equity program; and of 58 per cent for pre-schools; and

(d) requests that the proposed cuts to education not be implemented in 1985.