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on our federal counterpart to match the additional funding and further boost the amount spent in the ACT.

At this stage, the federal government is only prepared to pay lip service to the predicament, offering less than $1 million additional funding this year. What can you expect from a government whose priorities have always been at the other end of town? Not content with underfunding the ACT’s attempt to address the skills shortages, the federal government has seen fit to tie funding of the CIT to the outsourcing of services. These great institutions, with innovative programs like those run at the CIT, will now have to focus on how best to apply accounting and contract management rather than concentrating on delivering quality vocational education and training. It is deeply disappointing that those on the hill have sought to punish the CIT with funding conditions rather than encouraging the institution to get on with the wonderful job it has been doing, particularly at the Tuggeranong flexible learning centre.

I congratulate the centre for the crucial role it plays in the Tuggeranong community today and in the 10 years that it has serviced the ACT. I wish it at least another 10 years of providing working, flexible education and training.

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: The time for the debate has expired.

The Assembly adjourned at 4.54 pm until Tuesday, 28 June 2005, at 10.30 am.

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