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HIGHER EDUCATION FUNDING AMENDMENT BILL 2002

The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the question—That the Bill be now read a second time—And on the amendment moved thereto by Ms Macklin (Deputy Leader of the Opposition), viz.—That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to substituting the following words: "whilst not declining to give the Bill a second reading, the House:

(1) condemns the Government for:

 (a) its shameful neglect of public universities of Australia, its undermining of the future development of regional universities and the increasing financial burden it is placing on students and their families;

(b) the pre-empting of its review of higher education by the ad hoc addition of new private higher education institutions in this Bill;

(c) the lack of clear guidelines for the application of income contingent loans for fee-paying postgraduate courses in private institutions;

(d) its failure to establish accountability principles and criteria for the growing number of private, non-university providers of higher education in Australia;

(e) the absence of policy guidelines in relation to access, equity and anti-discrimination practices in private providers of higher education; and

(f) its failure to explain the real costs to government of the expansion of income contingent loans schemes to private providers; and

(2) requests the Government to:

 (a) establish clear criteria and processes for the public accountability of private higher education providers that are brought within the auspices of the Higher Education Funding Act; and

(b) review the powers and functions of the Australian Universities Quality Agency to enable it to investigate the quality, standards and accountability of private higher education providers, in particular, the programs offered by the four private institutions to be included in the legislation as eligible unfunded institutions, and to report back to Parliament on the outcomes of that investigation before any further additions that might be made arising from the Government's overall review of higher education"—

Debate resumed.


Question—That the words proposed to be omitted stand part of the question—put.

The House divided (the Deputy Speaker, Mr Hawker, in the Chair)—

AYES, 75

Mr AbbottMr DownerJackie KellyMr Schultz
Mr AndersonMr DuttonDr KempMr Scott
Mr K. J. AndrewsMrs ElsonMr P. E. KingMr Secker
Mr AnthonyMr EntschMrs LeyMr Slipper
Fran BaileyMr FarmerMr LindsayMr A. D. H. Smith
Mr BairdMr Forrest*Mr LloydMr Somlyay
Mr BaldwinMrs GallusMr McArthur*Dr Stone
Mr BarresiMs GambaroMr I. E. MacfarlaneMr C. P. Thompson
Mr BartlettMrs GashMrs MayMr Ticehurst
Mr BillsonMr GeorgiouMrs MoylanMr Tollner
Mrs B. K. BishopMr HaaseMr NairnMr Truss
Ms J. I. BishopMr HardgraveDr NelsonMr Tuckey
Mr BroughMr HartsuykerMr NevilleMr M. A. J. Vaile
Mr CadmanMr HockeyMs PanopoulosMrs D. S. Vale
Mr CausleyMrs HullMr PearceMr Wakelin
Mr CharlesMr HuntMr ProsserDr Washer
Mr CioboMr JohnsonMr PyneMr Williams
Mr CobbMr JullMr RandallMs Worth
Mr CostelloMrs D. M. KellyMr Ruddock

NOES, 62

Mr AdamsMr FitzgibbonMs LivermoreMs Roxon
Mr AlbaneseMs GeorgeMr McClellandMr Rudd
Mr BevisMr GibbonsMs J. S. McFarlaneMr Sawford
Mr BreretonMs GillardMs MacklinMr Sciacca
Ms BurkeMs GriersonMr McLeayMr Sercombe
Mr ByrneMr GriffinMr McMullanMr Sidebottom
Ms CorcoranMs HallMr MelhamMr S. F. Smith
Mr CoxMr HattonMr MossfieldMr Snowdon
Mrs CrosioMs HoareMr MurphyMr Swan
Mr Danby*Mrs IrwinMs O'ByrneMr Tanner
Mr EdwardsMs JacksonMr B. P. O'ConnorMr K. J. Thomson
Ms EllisMr JenkinsMr G. M. O'ConnorMs Vamvakinou
Mr EmersonMr KerrMs PlibersekMr Wilkie
Mr EvansMs C. F. KingMr PriceMr Zahra
Mr L. D. T. FergusonMr LathamMr Quick*
Mr M. J. FergusonDr LawrenceMr Ripoll

* Tellers

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

Debate on the motion—That the Bill be now read a second time—continued.

Question—put and passed—Bill read a second time.

Message from the Governor-General

Message No. 36, 6 June 2002, from His Excellency the Governor-General was announced recommending an appropriation for the purposes of the Bill.

Leave granted for third reading to be moved forthwith.

On the motion of Dr Nelson, the Bill was read a third time.