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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 2 Hansard (21 February) . . Page.. 493..


Mr Doszpot interjecting-

MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, you have asked your question.

DR BOURKE: That we are going to negotiate through the process that has been outlined by the Prime Minister and Minister Gallagher.

MRS DUNNE: Supplementary question, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, why has your government continuously rejected calls for equal funding for students with a disability? Why are you incapable of answering this question today?

DR BOURKE: Mr Speaker, I thank the member for her question. Within the context of the Gonski review, this is an overall transformation within the educational funding landscape. I am sure that the member can appreciate the difference in a funding landscape which has a major injection of commonwealth funding and a funding landscape which is based upon needs, which we support, and which is transparent, which we support, without that commonwealth change, which is what we need.

MR HANSON: Supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, what is the essence of Gonski?

DR BOURKE: I thank the member for his question and I will repeat myself: the essence of Gonski is needs-based funding-funding according to student need-and a transparent process, neither of which we have from the commonwealth at the moment.

National ICT Australia-funding

MS PORTER: My question is to Minister Barr. Minister Barr, can you please inform the Assembly of today's announcement of the new ACT government funding package for National ICT Australia?

MR BARR: I thank Ms Porter for the question. I am very pleased to announce today that the ACT government has made an in-principle decision to enter into a new four-year funding agreement with NICTA, Australia's information and communications technology centre of excellence. The proposed arrangement will provide up to $12 million in funding. This consists of grants and payroll tax waivers over a four-year period, starting on 1 July 2012. This is a direct investment in the territory's economic future and it builds on and extends the ACT government's previous support for NICTA.

National ICT Australia, known simply as NICTA, is Australia's information and communications technology research centre of excellence. Its goal is to build and


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