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EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS REFERENCES COMMITTEE - 18/05/2010 - Primary Schools for the 21st Century program

Senator Hanson Young —Thank you to all of you for your submission and coming along today. It seems pretty clear that we are talking about intimidation of individual school communities and principals, the sheer frustration of people not being able to get information they wanted in the beginning and the lack of follow-through as projects rolled out.

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EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS REFERENCES COMMITTEE - 18/05/2010 - Primary Schools for the 21st Century program

Senator Hanson Young -Just following on from that line of questioning, obviously there are reports in today's paper. I am sure in your preparation for coming today you would have seen claims and concerns in relation to 35 per cent of a particular project, $1.2 million worth, being spent on management fees-it lists them all.

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EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS REFERENCES COMMITTEE - 17/05/2010 - Primary Schools for the 21st Century program

Senator Hanson Young -Obviously, it seems as if, because of the way you have been able to project manage each of the different upgrades and infrastructure spends and projects yourselves, you obviously have a longstanding process in place to do that because you have had to administer capital grants funding for decades, and I totally understand that.

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EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS REFERENCES COMMITTEE - 17/05/2010 - Primary Schools for the 21st Century program

Senator Hanson Young -It seems to be clear from your submission, your verbal presentation and your answers to questions that you feel frustrated that you have been left on your own, so to speak, to manage this web of bureaucracy. Is there anybody that you have spoken to aside from the federal education department, the minister's office and anyone in the state education department?

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EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS REFERENCES COMMITTEE - 17/05/2010 - Primary Schools for the 21st Century program

Senator Hanson Young -Has the union been involved at all in helping and giving advice to your various members, whether it has been putting forward their applications, knowing who to speak to or resolving any of those issues at that grassroots level before it has gone through to the department or the minister's office?

Mr Watt -The short answer is no.

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COMMUNITY AFFAIRS LEGISLATION COMMITTEE - 14/05/2010 - Paid Parental Leave Bill 2010; Exposure draft of legislation implementing the government's announced paid parental leave scheme

Senator Hanson Young -In the submissions given by the ACTU and Unions South Wales, and in your verbal submissions as well, both of you indicated that there were significant improvements that you would be looking for in the future. I do pick up on the points you have made about wanting to strengthen the current legislation now in connection to the workplace, and that is something that we need to tease out a bit further.

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Enrol To Vote Week

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (9.51 am) - I move:

That the Senate -

(a) notes that:

(i) Enrol to Vote Week 2010 will run from 17 May to 23 May 2010 with the theme ‘You never know when an election might be called!', and

(ii) in 2007 only 17 208 Australians enrolled or updated their details by 8 pm on the day election writs were issued compared to 423 975 in the old 7 day period in 2004; and

(b) recognises the importance of empowering young people in the democratic process.

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