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Monday, 6 December 2004
Page: 102


Senator CARR (8:25 PM) —I might be able to assist the minister. These amendments are dealt with in section 31 of the bill under subsection (l):

(i) appointments of staff in the school or each school in the approved school system will be made with the approval of the principal, or the governing body, of the school or each of those schools; and

(ii) in the case of a Catholic school, such appointments will take account of the relationship of the school with the bishop, parish priests and the leadership of religious institutions;

The point of the Labor Party's amendments is that there needs to be an understanding of system wide employment practices, particularly where there is a need for system wide recruitment incentives, especially for hard to staff schools. Our amendments mean that you do not require reference to particular religious orders in legislation. I do not believe that has ever occurred before. These amendments make it clear that it is unnecessary and make the reference to bishops and priests in an education bill redundant.