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Wednesday, 21 November 1973
Page: 1981


Senator RAE (Tasmania) - Clause 4 contains the provisions which I have referred to already. It also contains this provision as drafted at the moment:

The Chairman and each other full-time member shall be appointed for a term not exceeding seven years, and each pantime member shall be appointed for a term not exceeding three years.

In relation to this matter there were some comments by the Karmel Committee in its report. The Committee referred to the desirability of a regular turnover of membership. In chapter 13.5 the Karmel Committee reported as follows:

The Committee believes that the part-time membership of the Commission, its Committees and Regional Boards should be drawn from as wide a cross-section of the community as possible and should have regard to both age and sex. Provision should be made for a regular turnover of membership: a threeyear term of office, renewable for one further term might be appropriate and arrangements should be made to ensure staggered terms.

The Opposition agrees with the Karmel Committee's recommendation in relation to the Schools Commission membership terms and believes it would be desirable to provide for at least the opportunity for an even greater degree of turnover than has been proposed by the Government. Accordingly I move:

Leave out sub-clause (4), insert the following sub-clause:

(4)   The Chairman and each other full-time member shall be appointed for a term not exceeding five years, and each part-time member shall be appointed for a term not exceeding three years.

This will not prevent any member being reappointed because the next sub-clause, which it is not intended to be altered in any way, provides:

A member is eligible for re-appointment.

All we are doing is enabling a turnover both of the full-time members and of the part-time members- full-time members every 5 years, if thought desirable, and part-time members every 3 years. I realise that the extract I quoted from the Karmel Committee's report related to parttime members but we believe that the same principle applies to all members of the Commission, that is, that there should be an opportunity for a turnover at least every 5 years for full-time members and 3 years for part-time members.







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