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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 4 Hansard (22 April) . . Page.. 1145 ..

MS TUCKER (continuing):

In addition, since the Minister stated to the committee that "the CIT is and will remain the primary deliverer of vocational education and training services", the committee will have an ongoing interest in monitoring how the Government fulfils this commitment to public sector delivery of vocational education and training. This is particularly important because the committee was told in the briefing that community service obligations have not been separately identified for the sector in the purchasing arrangements, and at the same time there is obviously ongoing pressure to become more efficient.

MR STEFANIAK (Minister for Education): I seek leave to make a statement on the same matter.

Leave granted.

MR STEFANIAK: I note the comments Ms Tucker referred to. No doubt I will be given a copy of that soon. The Government thanks the committee for the effort of producing that paper. We are very keen to ensure that the CIT does its job in terms of producing a wide variety of vocational education and training courses as efficiently as possible. I think the two are very important. It does a very good job. It will continue to do so into the twenty-first century. It is the major provider of training in the ACT and it has an excellent reputation. That is not to say, as raised in that report, that things cannot be done more efficiently, and I think that is equally important.

I thank the committee for its efforts. I will read the paper with interest. I note the committee's ongoing interest and the comments it makes there.


Motion (by Mr Humphries ) agreed to:

That Executive business be called on.


Debate resumed from 25 March 1999, on motion by Ms Carnell:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

MR QUINLAN (11.42): Mr Speaker, we have examined this Bill and have read relevant legal precedents that have been set recently. We accept this Bill as one that addresses potential problems in defining responsibility for the payment of payroll tax, so we commit one of those little leaps of faith and support it.

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