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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 8 Hansard (21 August) . . Page.. 3081 ..

Question put:

That this bill, as amended, be agreed to.

The Assembly voted-

Ayes 10  				Noes 3

Mr Berry  	Ms MacDonald  		Mrs Cross  
Mrs Burke  	Mr Pratt  		Ms Dundas  
Mr Cornwell  	Mr Stanhope  		Ms Tucker  
Ms Gallagher  	Mr Stefaniak
Mr Hargreaves  	Mr Wood  

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Tertiary Accreditation and Registration Bill 2003

Debate resumed from 3 April 2003, on motion by Ms Gallagher:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MRS BURKE (6.36): Mr Speaker, I would firstly like to thank the minister, Katy Gallagher, for her forbearance in relation to the adjournment of this bill earlier in the week, and also to the members of the crossbenches for their consideration. As I explained to the minister and crossbench members, I was concerned that some major private registered training organisations in the ACT were initially unsure about the consultation process and the full content and intent of the bill. I am pleased to report to this Assembly that those matters have now been resolved and I have outlined to the minister the views expressed to me in relation to those matters.

Whilst it was never my intention to be obstructionist or to stall the implementation of this bill, it has to be my role as a member of this place to fully satisfy myself that all stakeholders are happy with the process and the bill as a whole. Otherwise, I believe I would be remiss in my role as a legislator and a member of this house.

On another matter, I understand that earlier today the minister tabled some minor amendments to this bill and the Vocational Education and Training Bill to address some consistency issues in relation to dates, and I thank her for that. All members should have those in front of them.

Mr Speaker, the Tertiary Accreditation and Registration Bill 2003 provides for revised and updated vocational education and training and higher education legislation, and fully supports and underpins the aims and aspirations of the Australian quality training framework. I am particularly supportive of changes that move our vocational education and training sector forward in a positive and constructive way. I have no reason to believe that any contentious matters come to the fore at this time. In fact, a big positive is that the bill will see the deregistering of any poorly performing training organisations.

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