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DISCUSSION OF MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

The President informed the Senate that Senator Harradine had proposed that a matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion, viz: ''The divisive and potentially destructive character of the pivotal funding guidelines issued by the Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, Senator Ryan, to the Australian Schools Commission concerning non-government schools''.

And at least 4 Senators having risen in support of the proposed discussion- The President called upon Senator Harradine to speak.

Discussion ensued.

Papers: The Minister for Education and Youth Affairs (Senator Ryan) laid upon the Table the following Papers: Education- List showing the dates of consultations between the Minister for Education and Youth Affairs and Non-Government Education Groups.

Copy of article by B. A. Santamaria entitled ''Shirt-sleeves to shirt-sleeves'', from News Weekly, dated 10 August 1983.

Discussion continued.

Discussion concluded.