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OVERSEAS STUDENTS CHARGE AMENDMENT BILL 1986
OVERSEAS STUDENTS CHARGE COLLECTION AMENDMENT BILL 1986

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Finance (Senator Walsh)-That these Bills be now read a second time.

Debate resumed.

Question-put and passed.

Bills read a second time.

The Senate, according to Order, resolved itself into Committee for the consideration of the Bills.

In the Committee

Bills, by leave, taken as a whole.

Senator Macklin, by leave, moved the following amendments together, viz:

Overseas Students Charge Amendment Bill 1986:

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

Pages 4 and 5, paragraph 6 (a), proposed new sub-section 6 (4a) line 39 (page 4) to line 15 (page 5), leave out the sub-section, insert the following 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.'.''.

Overseas Students Charge Collection Amendment Bill 1986:

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.'.''.

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

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

Page 4, clause 4, lines 5 to 12, leave out the clause.

Debate ensued.

Question-That the amendments be agreed to-put.

The Committee divided-

AYES, 7

Senators- Haines Harradine Macklin (Teller) Mason Powell Sanders Vigor

NOES, 52

Senators- Archer Aulich Baume, Michael Baume, Peter Bjelke-Petersen Black Brownhill Carrick, Sir John Childs Coates Coleman Collard Colston Cook Crichton-Browne Crowley Devlin Durack Evans Foreman Gietzelt Giles Hamer Jones Kilgariff Knowles Lewis MacGibbon McIntosh McKiernan Maguire Messner Morris Newman Parer Puplick Ray Reid (Teller) Reynolds Richardson Robertson Ryan Sheil Short Sibraa Tate Townley Vanstone Walsh Walters Watson Zakharov

Amendments negatived accordingly.

Bills agreed to.

Bills to be reported without amendment.

The Acting Deputy-President (Senator Giles) resumed the Chair; and the Chairman of Committees (Senator Hamer) reported accordingly.

On the motion of the Minister for Education (Senator Ryan) the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bills read a third time.