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senate vote 2019-07-31#7

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Title

  • Motions Education
  • Motions - Education - Capital works fund for public school

Description

  • <p class="speaker">Mehreen Faruqi</p>
  • <p>I wish to inform the chamber that Senator Keneally will also sponsor the motion. I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 66, standing in my name and in the name of Senator Keneally for today, relating to public school funding before asking that it be taken as a formal motion.</p>
  • <p>Leave granted.</p>
  • The same number of senators voted for and against the motion, which means it failed. It was introduced by NSW Senator [Mehreen Faruqi](https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/people/senate/nsw/mehreen_faruqi) (Greens).
  • ### Motion text
  • > *That the Senate—*
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  • > *(a) notes that:*
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  • >> *(i) seventy-six percent of school enrolment growth in the 5 years to 2018 was in public schools,*
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  • >> *(ii) across Australia, public schools have the greatest need for infrastructure such as classrooms, libraries, science labs or sporting facilities,*
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  • >> *(iii) the Federal Government has a dedicated Capital Grants Program, which is only available to non-government schools,*
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  • >> *(iv) the only access public schools have to federal infrastructure funding is the Local Schools Community Fund, which consists of a one-off allocation of $200,000 to each electorate, which will be shared with private schools and will fall well short of the needs of public schools, and*
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  • >> *(v) public school students deserve world-class facilities; and*
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  • > *(b) calls on the Federal Government to establish a capital works fund dedicated to public schools.*
  • <p>I, and also on behalf of Senator Keneally, move the motion as amended:</p>
  • <p class="italic">Omit subparagraph (1) (a), substitute:</p>
  • <p class="italic">(a) new industries and employment opportunities that can be created in the regions;</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Jonathon Duniam</p>
  • <p>I seek leave to make a short statement.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Scott Ryan</p>
  • <p>Leave is granted for one minute.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Jonathon Duniam</p>
  • <p>The Morrison coalition government is providing a record $310 billion of investment in schools, an increase of 62 per cent per student. The Australian government, as the predominate funder of non-government schools, is responsible for providing capital funding for the non-government schools sector. As the predominate funder of government schools, states and territories are responsible for providing capital funding to their schools.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Mehreen Faruqi</p>
  • <p>I seek leave to make a short statement.</p>
  • <p>Leave not granted.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Scott Ryan</p>
  • <p>If I could assist senators, this is a matter that could be discussed offline. It was put to me by numerous people that movers of the motions shouldn't debate them. The question is that general business notice of motion No. 66 be agreed to.</p>