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Tuesday, 2 December 1986
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Senator MACKLIN(10.09) —I move:

At the end of the motion, add:

``, and the provisions of the Bills be referred to the Standing Committee on Education and the Arts for report before 1 June 1987''.

It might not be necessary to go to a division on this, but our reasons for moving this amendment relate to what I said at the second reading stage: An inquiry into student finances and the operation of student charges has been long overdue. I move the amendment also in anticipation of reports that the Opposition supported such a reference. Senator Peter Baume may be able to enlighten me on that, because I am unaware of the Opposition's current attitude on this.

Senator Peter Baume —No, we do not support it.

Senator MACKLIN —That is a pity, but due to the time factor we shall not insist on a division.

Amendment negatived.

Original question resolved in the affirmative; report adopted.