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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 8 Hansard (13 August) . .

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Executive business—precedence

Ordered that executive business be called on.

Appropriation Bill 2014-2015

[Cognate bill:

Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2014-2015

Cognate paper:

Estimates 2014-2015—Select Committee report—government response]

Detail stage

Schedule 1—Appropriations.

Consideration resumed from 12 August 2014 on amendment No 13 [see schedule 1 at page 2537] moved by Mr Barr.

Education and Training Directorate—

Schedule 1, Part 1.10—$18,039,000 (net cost of outputs), $13,116,000 (payments on behalf of Territory), totalling $31,155,000.

Schedule 1A, Part 1.10—$590,203,000 (net cost of outputs), $100,089,000 (capital injection), $239,240,000 (payments on behalf of Territory), totalling $929,532,000.

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (5.03): In last night's debate on the education budget items I was bemused at best by Mr Hanson's comment on the Gonski reforms and their complete absence in his education spokesperson's speech, despite them being central to education funding now and despite Mr Doszpot's flip-flopping over education funding in the lead-up to the ACT 2012 election.

In 2012 Mr Doszpot chose only to ask questions about the Gonski reforms in terms of the Catholic and independent schools allegedly being disadvantaged by them—allegedly, Madam Deputy Speaker. He showed no interest in the ACT's public schools. They even forgot the CIT in their election policies. He showed no interest in the ACT's public schools education funding or the principle that additional funding should be targeted to areas of need, irrespective of school system. Indeed, he seemed to want to re-run the early 19th century conflicts over education policy and state funding that have long been resolved and that were nothing to do with the Gonski reforms. In 2012 the Canberra Liberals and their spokesperson only wanted to shoot down the Gonski reforms by trying to drive a wedge between the government and the Catholic and independent schools using Gonski as a smokescreen.

It is a tribute to the professionalism of the Catholic and independent schools that they saw through this tactic and supported the Gonski package this government negotiated. Yet the Canberra Liberals continually attacked the Gonski breakthrough until the then federal—

Mr Hanson: Madam Deputy Speaker, I wonder whether you could rule on whether the member is being relevant to the debate which is on the current budget as opposed to the 2012 election policies of the Canberra Liberals.


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