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Tuesday, 2 December 1986
Page: 3200

Senator POWELL(9.46) —In the summary of the Minister for Education at the second reading stage she dismissed a particular group of people affected by this part time and external student impost. I think it is a dismissal that was made too lightly. It is not just to dismiss married women whose spouses are in employment. Studies relating to the family allowance have shown clearly that access to the family income is quite limited for a very large number of women in this category. At this point I suggest to the Minister that the review to which she has referred will be particularly important to this group of women. We should not assume-I am sure the Minister does not-that, because a spouse is in paid employment, these people necessarily have access to the funds which, in my view and, I expect, in the Minister's view, are properly the property of the whole family. It is not the case in reality. This is another group for which I am very concerned. If the amendment which the Australian Democrats have moved were to be passed, this would be another significant group of people which would benefit. In the event, it looks as though the best they can expect is the review to which the Minister has referred.

Question put:

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