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Wednesday, 3 December 1986
Page: 3242


Senator MACKLIN(12.09) —Because of the interweaving of the Overseas Students Charge Amendment Bill and the Overseas Students Charge Collection Amendment Bill my amendments (2), (3) and (4) to the Overseas Students Charge Amendment Bill are really connected to the amendments that I wish to move to the Overseas Students Charge Collection Amendment Bill. There are really only two issues involved in all of these amendments. I seek leave to move all the amendments to both Bills together and suggest that we simply deal with the two issues separately. I think that is the simplest way of doing it.

Leave granted.


Senator MACKLIN —I move the following amendments to the Overseas Students Charge Amendment Bill:

(1) Page 4, paragraph 6 (a), proposed new sub-section 6 (4), lines 25 to 27, leave out ``(not being a post-graduate student who is the holder of a scholarship awarded by the Australian-American Educational Foundation)''.

(2) Pages 4 and 5, paragraph 6 (a), proposed new sub-section 6 (4a), lines 39 to 44 and 1 to 15, leave out the sub-section, insert the following new sub-section:

`` `(4a) For the purposes of this section, an overseas student who is enrolled in a technical and further education course for a year (in this sub-section referred to as the ``enrolment year'') is an eligible overseas student in relation to the enrolment year if the student-

(a) was enrolled in a technical and further education course before 1 January 1987; and

(b) was or is enrolled in-

(i) that course; or

(ii) if the student has, on one or more occasions, transferred his or her enrolment to another technical and further education course-that other course,

for the enrolment year and for each year after 31 December 1986 and before the enrolment year.' ''.

I move the following amendments to the Overseas Students Charge Collection Amendment Bill:

(1) Page 1, after clause 2, insert the following new clause:

``2a. Section 4 of the Principal Act is amended-

(a) by inserting in sub-section (1) ``sub-sections (3) and (4) and' after `to';

(b) by adding at the end the following sub-sections:

`(3) The charge in respect of the enrolment of an overseas student in a prescribed course for a year may be paid in four equal instalments and, in that case-

(a) the first instalment is due for payment by the student on the day on which the whole of the charge would otherwise have been due for payment in accordance with sub-section (1);

(b) the second instalment is due for payment by the student on 15 May in that year;

(c) the third instalment is due for payment by the student on 15 July in that year; and

(d) the fourth instalment is due for payment by the student on 15 September in that year.

`(4) Where, but for this sub-section, the amount of an instalment would be an amount that includes a fraction of a cent, the last instalment in a year is increased by the least amount that will result in the earlier instalments for that year being equal instalments of an amount that does not include a fraction of a cent.'.''.

(2) Page 1, clause 3, proposed new paragraph 4a (1) (a), line 16, leave out ``before 1 January 1987''.

(3) Page 1, clause 3, proposed new paragraph 4a (1) (a), line 17, leave out ``and who commenced that study before that date''.

(4) Page 3, clause 4, leave out the clause.

I wish to speak only briefly to the amendments I have moved to the Overseas Students Charge Amendment Bill as I will rehearse the arguments at the Committee stage. Amendments (2), (3) and (4) are consequential on the Overseas Students Charge Collection Amendment Bill. I have read out a number of extensive quotations. Will the Minister for Education (Senator Ryan) respond to the problem expressed by many people in tertiary institutions concerning overseas students-who are, as I point out, one in five of all students-who pick up a lot of work demonstrating as tutors and carry a lot of the load in terms of research?