Appropriations Bill Speech

I rise today to speak on Appropriation Bill (No. 2) 2017-2018 and Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Bill (No. 1) 2017-2018, which deliver the government's 2017-2018 federal budget. It is a unique budget in that much of the debate and commentary has been fixated on its nature rather than its content. It has been characterised, rather than…

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MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE – Schools

Whilst I am delighted to be speaking on today's MPI and the coalition government's reforms to school education, I am disappointed that I am not here discussing vocational education and that we are not having an MPI on vocational education—  Mr Husic interjecting—  The DEPUTY SPEAKER ( Mr Coulton ): The member for Chifley will…

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Higher Education Support Legislation Amendment (A More Sustainable, Responsive and Transparent Higher Education System) Bill 2017

The Higher Education Support Legislation Amendment (A More Sustainable, Responsive and Transparent Higher Education System) Bill 2017 gives effect to decisions announced in the budget that reform the ways in which the Australian government supports higher education.  It will support the Australian government's goal for a stronger, more sustainable and student-focused system that preserves and…

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MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE – Schools

It is back-to-school time for Labor. They cannot do the maths. Their comprehension ability is clearly limited, and that has been reinforced by the member for Sydney in her dissertation on the Quality Schools reforms that have been widely supported throughout the sector; their support is widespread. I will come back to all the support…

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National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Amendment (Annual Registration Charge) Bill 2017 – Second Reading

Today I introduce the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Amendment (Annual Registration Charge) Bill 2017 and its companion bill, the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator (Charges) Amendment (Annual Registration Charge) Bill 2017.   The government is committed to the vital role vocational education and training plays in ensuring Australia has the skilled workforce…

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