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Thursday, 30 May 1996
Page: 1461

Debate resumed from 23 May, on motion by Senator Carr:

That the Senate—

(a)   views, with grave concern, the turmoil engulfing Australia's universities as a result of the Coalition Government's proposed budget cuts and the mishandling by the Minister for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs (Senator Vanstone) of her portfolio;

(b)   notes that these indiscriminate funding cuts will threaten:

   (i)   Australia's international reputation and higher education export industry,

   (ii)   university research capacity and course options,

   (iii)   the quality of service for Australian students,

   (iv)   university teaching staff numbers and morale,

   (v)   potential closure of faculties, suspension of building programs and reduction of student numbers; and

(c)   notes that the proposed funding cuts breach Coalition election promises and guarantees.