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Wednesday, 13 June 1984
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Senator PETER BAUME(4.57) —I am grateful to Senator Macklin and Senator Ryan for the way in which they indicated that they will not support the Opposition, but we intend to persist with the amendments and to press them. We have received no assurances. Senator Ryan says that she would expect that there would always be representatives of government and non-government schools, but she is not willing to give an assurance that that will always be so. To be quite certain, that is the very purpose of the amendments.

There is no reason in the world why one cannot have on the Council those with expertise in curriculum matters, a Senator Macklin has suggested. There is no reason in the world why, from the government and non-government sectors, one cannot insist that people have that kind of expertise. It exists in every sector . To ask for people coming from those sectors in no way implies that we want people other than people who have expertise in curriculum development and curriculum matters. To say that this Council is not representational simply does not accord with what we see about the way in which the composition is laid down, where representation is provided as of right for several designated classes of people by virtue of their membership of other bodies. It is representational to a large extent. All that we are asking for is that that be extended to take in representatives of government schools and non-government schools. Representatives of those systems are concerned to know that they will have a place on the Curriculum Development Council. That is why the amendments have been moved, and that is the reason we shall press them.