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Friday, 19 October 1984
Page: 2082


Senator PETER BAUME(3.17) —by leave-I move:

That the Senate take note of the report.

I understand that the Senate has a busy program, Mr President, and I shall be brief. I ask the Government to take note of the fact that Mr President has reported to the Senate that among the reports yet to have responses is the report on tenure of academics, which has now been in the hands of government for more than two years. It is a very important document, about which there is still considerable uncertainty on all Australian campuses. The decisions in relation to this report will have major effects upon the policies of tertiary institutions and will require decisions from them. I understand that it is a difficult report, but I urge the Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, Senator Ryan, to expedite this response, which is now two years overdue.

I also draw attention to the report of the Senate Standing Committee on Social Welfare, the Walters report, 'Another side to the Drug Debate-a medicated society?', which has now been awaiting a response for three and a half years. Clearly, some of that time was during the period when I was a Minister and we were in government. However, the fact that this report has not been responded to in the period from 14 May 1981 to date-I acknowledge that there has been an interim response, but there has been no substantive response-is, in view of the subject matter of the report, of grave concern to those to whom questions of legal drug use and medication over-use are significant matters.