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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$346 million funding boost one step closer for local schools

An additional $346 million for southern Gold Coast schools is one step closer after the Turnbull Government’s Gonski needs-based funding plan passed the House of Representatives. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills and Federal Member for McPherson, Karen Andrews, said the Turnbull Government’s needs-based funding reforms had been endorsed by David Gonski himself and…

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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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New online service to help thousands of training graduates

People who have undertaken nationally recognised training in Australia will now be able toquickly and easily obtain an online record of their hard-earned accomplishments and qualifications. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, today launched the USITranscript Service which will allow training participants to easily look up their national training record. “The USI…

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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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