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Tuesday, 2 December 2008
Page: 71

Senator MASON (8:48 PM) —The opposition will also be opposing the Greens’ amendments, although I note Senator Milne’s comments regarding the operation of the national curriculum. It certainly is not urgent in that sense, and we will be getting to that debate a little bit later on, but I note her comments on that. Certainty is required for the non-government school sector. In particular, the government’s ongoing commitment to the SES funding model is not assured, and I think it is fair to say that non-government schools would rather have assured funding for the next quadrennium than for any shorter period. So the opposition will be joining with the government in opposing these amendments.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Barnett)—The question is that Australian Greens amendments (2) to (4) on sheet 5654 be agreed to.