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Thursday, 14 October 1999
Page: 9741

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —I inform the Senate that the President has received the following letter, dated 14 October 1999, from Senator Stott Despoja:

Dear Madam President,

Pursuant to standing order No. 75, I give notice that today I propose to move that, in the opinion of the Senate, the following matter is a matter of urgency:

The government's proposal to deregulate the higher education sector, introduce a system of voucher based funding contrary to previous assurances, replace HECS with student loans repayable with a real rate of interest and reduce public expenditure on higher education, excluding thousands of Australians from further education and cutting investment in human capital.

Yours sincerely,

Natasha Stott Despoja

Senator for South Australia.

Is the proposal supported?

More than the number of senators required by the standing orders having risen in their places

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —I understand that informal arrangements have been made to allocate specific times to each of the speakers in today's debate. With the concurrence of the Senate, I shall ask the clerks to set the clock accordingly.