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Tuesday, 7 December 2004
Page: 127

Senator BROWN (9:23 PM) —What a pejorative dish-up that was to the chamber. By implication it gets stuck into and puts down the parents of the 70 per cent of kids who go to public schools in this country

Senator Ian Campbell —It did not!

Senator BROWN —Yes, it did. It was laden in the words used and what Hansard will not record is the tone of voice from Minister Vanstone as she laid into parents and kids in the public school system. `Yada, yada, yada,' she says of teachers—a disgraceful performance and delivery late at night in the chamber. It sums up what not just this minister but also this government thinks about the public school system and the teachers and the students in it: people who go to private schools are those with enterprise, those with go, those who work hard. By implication, read into it what you like about those who are in the public school system. It was just a disgraceful delivery to the chamber.

Question agreed to.

Resolution reported; report adopted.