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Monday, 23 February 1987
Page: 411

Senator MACKLIN —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate-

(a) Condemns the Federal Government's arrogant and shortsighted dismissal of Democrat amendments to the tertiary fees legislation, which would have totally eliminated the present burden on part-time and external students and Austudy recipients officially recognised as being poor;

(b) notes with concern the likelihood of falling academic standards as part time and external students accept an unmanageable work load in order to reduce their enrolment period and hence their financial burden;

(c) totally rejects Labor's justification that fees are necessary because some graduates can expect to earn above average incomes; and

(d) further notes that no other sector of the work force is required to pay a tax on future earnings.

Senator Chaney-Mr President, I raise a point of order. I ask whether the last notice of motion is in order. Does it reflect on a vote of the Senate?

The PRESIDENT —I must say that I did not hear the full terms of the notice of motion. I will look at it and give a ruling as quickly as possible.

Senator Chaney-If you will, Mr President. I did not hear the full terms either, but it seemed to me to reflect on a decision of the Senate, and it may be out of order. If that is the case, perhaps the Senate can be advised and the notice of motion not listed.

The PRESIDENT —I will do that.