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Tuesday, 7 December 2004
Page: 120

Senator VANSTONE (Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Indigenous Affairs) (9:05 PM) —It is so nice to be back debating the same issue! Senator Carr, the explanation is to be found in the second reading speech on this bill, the Schools Assistance (Learning Together—Achievement Through Choice and Opportunity) Bill 2004, it is to be found in the committee stage and in the debate in the other place should you want to look at it—I do not ever look there. Clearly, this is something on which we have different views. That is going to happen. I accept that we all want better educational outcomes; but there are many different paths you can take to get there. You do not agree with the one that we have chosen and it is your right to do so. You were successful in this place, but the government now comes back and says, `In the House of Representatives we found those changes unacceptable and we would like the bill in its original form.'