Senate debates

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Questions without Notice

International Education Industry

2:38 pm

Photo of Kate LundyKate Lundy (ACT, Australian Labor Party, Minister Assisting for Industry and Innovation) Share this | Hansard source

Despite the senator's best efforts in presenting his question, the fact remains that it is this government that is firmly committed to not only engaging in our region but also continuing to build and strengthen our international education sector and how we promote that around the world. The Asian century white paper spent a great deal of time emphasising the role that we have with our education system as an export industry as well as promoting it not only within our own Asia-Pacific region but also around the world.

I reject the premise of the senator's question, which implied that somehow we are neglecting our responsibilities and our level of engagement across the world in this critical area of our economy. You can see by the figures that it not only continues to grow after a very important process of making sure that our international education system has integrity and that people engaging in it can have the confidence of full— (Time expired)


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