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Friday, 17 December 1993
Page: 4934


Senator TEAGUE (9.24 a.m.) —I thank the Minister for Science and Small Business and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Science (Senator Schacht) very sincerely for the assurances that he gives for what we would call a sensible definition of enrolment. I agree with the minister to the extent that we of course want to see transparency and we want to see proper accountability and very clear, universally consistent recognition of the way to count enrolments.

  The opposition will, nevertheless, persist with its amendment, because I do not believe that it is imprecisely worded. It is a very clear sentence. It makes it all the clearer in the legislation, by this amendment being added to it, that we are not putting in doubt those students who are reasonably in attendance at another location for educational purposes or for educationally significant cultural purposes.

  Nothing that the minister said is in any way, in the government's intention, contradictory to what is meant by those words. Accordingly, to put this matter beyond doubt—and in the spirit of having these words and all the other parts of the bill consistently interpreted around Australia—the bill is improved by the opposition's amendment.