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Education    CATHOLIC BODY SUPPORTS GOVERNMENT FUNDING LEGISLATION
The National Catholic Education Commission has urged the Federal Government to urgently pass leglislation concerning school funding that is currently before Parliament.
    Commission Chairman Dr Peter Tannock said: "It is important to remove the uncertainty about the availability of funding for January, 2001."
    He issued a statement expressing the Commission's view that the legislation provides a good funding outcome for Australia's 1700 systemic and individual Catholic schools.
    Dr Tannock was anxious to make it clear that Catholic schools will generally receive increased funding, and Commonwealth grants will be tied to movements in government school costs.
    "The very important structures which enable the Church to maintain its widespread and comprehensive Catholic school systems will be maintained and strengthened," he said. "Choice and diversity in Catholic education, and security of funding, will be enhanced. The scheme for Catholic schools provides a good base for funding policy development in the future."
    Dr Tannock commended the Governmetn on the legislation, which he said 'very properly recognises the special nature of Catholic school systems'. He said the additional funding will flow to many small and struggling non-government schools serving needy communities.
   
NCEC
   
18 Oct 00



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