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Wednesday, 5 December 1973
Page: 4332


Mr Lionel Bowen (KINGSFORD-SMITH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I move:

That the House insists on disagreeing to the amendments insisted on by the Senate.

This matter has been very well canvassed in the course of debate. There is no surprise about the Government's intention, because it was clearly indicated in the policy speech of the Leader that we would be setting up a commission of this type. We received a mandate for it. The commission that we propose to set up under this Bill is consistent with commissions that have been set up both for universities and for colleges of advanced education. Under this Bill the Minister has the opportunity to appoint those people who are best equipped to advise and serve the Minister, and it is significant that the Karmel Committee itself referred to the structure of the Schools Commission that would be most advantageous for the people involved in education. It is clearly spelt out in paragraphs 13.5 and 13.6 of the report that people should not be appointed as proposed in the former amendments which were rejected. If it were to be so, as has been indicated in our previous explanation, they would merely be delegates, people bound by other people's decisions. They would not be acting in the best interests of education and it would be contrary to all precedents that have been established. For those reasons and in respect of other matters with which we have already dealt, the Government insists on disagreeing to the amendments insisted on by the Senate.







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