Lambie to meet over UTAS move

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TASMANIAN Senator Jacqui Lambie will meet a federal minister and senior education officials for abriefing to detail how the government will spend $150 million in the relocation of the University of Tasmania’sBurnie and Launceston campuses.
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During this year’s federalelection campaign the Coalition and Labor both announced they would invest$150 million to relocate and expand the UTAS’s two campuses, but little detail on how it would be spent was provided.

Ms Lambie wrote to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and asked him to provide further clarification about how the money would be spent.

In a letter to Ms Lambie, Mr Turnbull said Launceston would“be an early priorityfor a City Deal” which includedmoney for UTAS’s campus relocation.

A briefing has now been slated for August 29 in Ms Lambie’s Parliament House office withAssistant Minister for Cities Angus Taylor and a senior officer from the Department of Education.

Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham said the$150 million “would beavailable from when the project begins”.

“On UTAS’ advice our contribution will commence from 2017-18 as the project’s work ramps up,” he said.

“I’ve been in Tasmania discussing the project’s rollout and the planning required with UTAS, as has the Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation Angus Taylor, and I’ve also met with the Tasmanian Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff.

“We are currently working through the rollout details of the project with UTAS and the Tasmanian Government and following that I will be in a position to brief my parliamentary colleagues.”

Ms Lambie called on the government not to delay funding the project.

“All too often politicians have made promises,” she said.

Mr Taylor, who visited Tasmania on Friday, said although both the Launceston and Burnie campusredevelopments were important, Launceston had precedence for him.

“I’m focused on the Launceston project because that is the one that will have the big impact on that city,” he said.

DETAILS: Senator Jacqui Lambie will meet Assistant Minister for Cities Angus Taylor in Canberra on August 29.

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