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Monday, 6 December 2004
Page: 98


Senator CARR (8:07 PM) —by leave—I move opposition amendments (2) and (5) on sheet 4459:

(2) Clause 14, page 17 (after line 18), after paragraph (l)(a) insert:

(aa) a commitment by the State to give priority in the allocation of funding according to need; and

(5) Clause 31, page 30 (after line 18), after paragraph (a), insert:

(aa) a commitment by the relevant authority to give priority in the allocation of funding according to need;

These amendments follow on from the previous one carried by the chamber and give effect to the broad principles of the distribution of funding across all programs for government schools consistent with the definitions in the previous amendment. They provide for the needs principle to be part of agreements with non-government school authorities. If passed, the amendments would require the needs principle to be part of the formal agreements with school authorities and related accountability arrangements. The principles are expressed in broad terms here. Of course, there are other program initiatives to be taken later in the discussion, which I trust will be carried as the previous amendment was.

Question agreed to.