Yesterday (Tues 16th April) the wonderful Colleen Hartland from the Australian Greens posed another question to Peter Hall regarding the delivery of Auslan training during Parliament question time. Transcript below.
I apologise to anyone waiting in the wings to go to Parliament to hear the question – there wasn’t time to notify us about when it was happening. Sorry about that.
OK – the transcript:
Vocational education and training: Auslan courses
Ms HARTLAND (Western Metropolitan)—My question today is to the Minister for Higher Education and Skills, the Honourable Peter Hall. In relation to the tender process for Auslan training and delivery in Victoria in 2013–16, for which I understand a successful party was due to be announced in March 2013, I ask: when does the minister intend to announce who has been awarded the tender and will it still be possible for Auslan students to be offered by that successful party classes from the middle of 2013?
Hon. P. R. HALL (Minister for Higher Education and Skills)—I thank Ms Hartland for her question and her ongoing interest in this matter. Due to a couple of technical issues relating to the awarding of that contract, I now expect the contract to be signed by the end of this month, April, for the delivery of that training. I am advised that on the signing of that contract we can expect delivery of Auslan training to commence in July.
Ms HARTLAND (Western Metropolitan)—I thank Mr Hall for his answer. I am grateful to know that it will be announced. However, can the minister give us a precise date, because obviously there is great concern about this within the community and great concern about whether classes will be able to start on time midyear?
Hon. P. R. HALL (Minister for Higher Education and Skills)—I will see if I can find an exact date. In my original answer I was able to convey the information that we expect now to be able to sign the contract before the end of April. If I go away and ask now and find there is more specific date, I will provide that date for Ms Hartland. The second semester commences in July, and I have been given an assurance that classes for the beginning of the second semester will be up and running.
I have been advised that it is unlikely a specific date will be released, however if a date is released Colleen will let us know. It’s good to know there is a firm commitment to signing the contract in a couple of weeks.
We’re nearly there, people. Thanks for hanging in there with us.