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Wednesday, 17 October 1984
Page: 1893

Senator GRIMES (Minister for Social Security)(6.28) —I thank honourable senators for their support for the overseas students legislation. All honourable senators are equally concerned that the sorts of conflicts that arise between the reports of the Goldring Committee of Review of Private Overseas Student Policy and the Jackson Committee on Overseas Aid be resolved. As most people know, a task force has been looking at this matter and we expect a report pretty soon. I cannot give an exact date for the provision of that report. It is an important area. All the things that have been said about it tonight-the aid to overseas students, the contribution of overseas students to this country and the contribution of this country directly and indirectly through educating overseas students-are important. I do not accept Senator Watson's claim that the results of these increased charges will be catastrophic, nor is it true that we are pre- empting the Goldring report, the Jackson report, or any other report. I think that was made clear in the second reading speech.

We have heard Senator Mason's views on overseas aid a lot. But this is legislation to provide for the seventh replenishment of the International Development Association. The Treasurer, Mr Keating, has already announced in New York that we will supplement that. The reason we are doing it in this way is that a country this size, with the volume of aid it gives, will have very great difficulty giving rational aid to any of the poorer countries unless we co- operate with other countries through the World Bank. Senator Mason suggested that we should give all our aid directly and go through the sorts of tests that he wants. That is probably ideal in an ideal world. But it is not an ideal world . If we are to give the sort of aid that is needed in Africa and the poorer countries we have to do it in co-operation with other countries. In the judgment of this Government one of the best ways to do it is through the IDA. I thank honourable senators for their co-operation and their support for both these pieces of legislation.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bills read a second time, and passed through their remaining stages without amendment or debate.