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Thursday, 20 November 1986
Page: 2619


Senator PETER BAUME(3.45) —The Committee has considered and disposed of one lot of amendments only, moved by both the Australian Democrats and the Opposition. I seek leave to move the Opposition amendments (1) to (7) which have been circulated in my name as group B.

Leave granted.


Senator PETER BAUME —I move:

B To remove references to grants to the States

(1) Page 5, clause 7, leave out the definition of ``State''.

(2) Page 6, sub-clause 10 (1), leave out ``a State or'', insert: ``an''.

(3) Page 6, sub-clause 10 (4), leave out ``a State or'', insert: ``an''.

(4) Page 7, paragraph 10 (5) (b), leave out ``State or''.

(5) Page 7, clause 11, leave out ``State or''.

(6) Page 9, leave out sub-clause 12 (6), insert the following sub-clause:

``(6) In this section, ``person'' includes an eligible organisation, but does not include a State.''.

(7) Page 12, leave out sub-clause 16 (2), insert the following sub-clause:

``(2) In this section, ``person'' includes an eligible organisation, but does not include a State.''.

These amendments seek to remove from the Bill the word `State', wherever that appears as one of the eligible organisations for grants under the Bill. As we explained during the Second reading debate, it is our understanding that there will be a finite pool of money available from which grants will be made. We believe that the States should not be able to have access to that pool of grants, that if it is the desire of Government to fund the States that should be done by the more normal route of States grants legislation. It is for that reason that I have moved the amendments. Each has the purpose of taking out the word `State', wherever that appears and where it would make the State and eligible organisation within the purposes of the Disability Services Bill. This matter has been canvassed and I commend the amendments.