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Friday, 7 September 1984
Page: 683


Senator PETER BAUME(4.02) —I will be brief because I understand we want to get this amendment to a division. I want to pick up a point made by Senator Teague to make it quite clear. I have no objection to any institution around Australia-I think Senator Ryan was saying this-making a decision about facilities that should be provided. I regard that as a proper exercise of institutional autonomy. What is at issue is the way in which that provision should be funded. That is what it is about. It is about the compulsion in funding. We can get it quite clear: There is no objection to the provision of whatever facilities are thought appropriate for that institution in its own setting. The argument is about funding and about the decision of institutions, for convenience and using their superior force, to raise a tax on every individual irrespective of whether that individual can, wishes to or will use the facilities provided. It is about this convenient taxing capacity which the institutions want to use and which the Minister, by opposing these amendments, will make it easier for them to use. I therefore press the amendment in our name .

Question put:

That the amendment (Senator Peter Baume's) be agreed to.