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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 2 Hansard (27 February) . . Page.. 338 ..

Leave of absence to member

Motion (by Mr Humphries ) agreed to:

That leave of absence for today, 27 February 2001, be given to Mr Osborne.

Questions without notice

Yurauna Centre

MR STEFANIAK: Mr Speaker, on 14 February Mr Berry asked me a question in relation to Yurauna Centre funding for CIT. I received some correspondence in relation to a reduction of funding on 31 January this year. The Yurauna Centre provides academic and personal support to CIT indigenous Australian students through a funding agreement with DETYA's indigenous education strategic initiatives program. Additional funding for the centre is provided by CIT and through grants by other bodies.

The reduction in federal funding referred to by Mr Berry relates to DETYA's move to reduce funds from $165,732 in 2000 to $124,760 in 2001. Funding of this type is not static and it changes annually. DETYA funds were divided into transitional programs assistance and supplementary recurrent assistance categories for the period between 1997 to 2000. The transitional program assistance funds, which finished in 2000, have been reallocated by DETYA to the national indigenous English language and numeracy strategy. The CIT has been notified that a successful bid for this strategy has resulted in funding of $241,571 over three years, with the first allocation of $81,760 for the CIT this year. CIT expects to employ an indigenous teacher as a key action for this strategy. The position will be advertised shortly.

Total funding for the Yurauna Centre in 2001 is expected to be in excess of $309,587. That, I am advised, Mr Speaker, is $86,915 more than what was allocated in 2000. The additional funding for the centre in 2001 is made up of increases in the CIT's budget allocation to the Yurauna Centre, an increase in CIT profile funds, and funding provided through OTAE, Healthpact and adult community education grants.

The Yurauna Centre will continue to provide significant personal, cultural and academic support to its students and will increase its access for the most disadvantaged indigenous Australian students.

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Papers and statement by member

MR QUINLAN: Mr Speaker, I seek leave to present a number of papers and make a short statement.

Leave granted.

MR QUINLAN: Mr Speaker, I present the following papers:

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