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Transcript [from] House of Representatives, Parliament House, Canberra [regarding]\nAustralian Government Funding for Capital Works in schools.



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House of Representatives Parliament House Canberra Australian Government Funding for Capital Works in Schools

24 May 2005

Where the Federal Government has provided more than 50 percent of the value of the project it is a requirement of the funding that the Federal Government will have a representative that actually officiates at the opening. If less than 50 percent of the funding is provided by the Federal Government then the school or the institution will then invite the person it chooses to officiate at the opening.

A non Government representative is perfectly entitled to be invited to and attend and address any opening or function at all. In relation to flagpoles, which is an initiative of this Government, where 100 percent of the funding in made available by this Government, a Government representative will officiate at the opening of the flagpole.

Any Member of Parliament is entitled to be invited to attend and indeed speak at the opening. The officiation of the opening will always be done by a Government Representative when more than 50 percent of the funding is provided by the Federal Government.