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Thursday, 6 December 1973
Page: 2576


Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) -in reply-Mr Acting Deputy President, I shall take into account your remarks made after Senator Rae had spoken. I do not intend to be goaded or baited into taking part in another debate of the type that was engaged in with some ferocity last night. I merely thank the Opposition for the speedy passage which it is giving to the Bills. I say to Senator Drake-Brockman that the Australian Government is paying the money under section 96 of the Constitution in order to help the States to implement their own plans, and there is no centralised control from Canberra, which is the phrase used by him. I merely say to Senator McManus that the Department of Education has already taken note of the remarks which he made a fortnight or so ago when another Bill relating to scholarships was debated. I well remember his remarks. I appreciate the tenor in which they were offered. I think that while there is a case to be made for having a close look at this matter the question of equality of opportunity to students has to be taken into account. This type of thing has to be looked at and viewed overall to see that no person who has the qualifications is deprived of an opportunity. I thank the Senate for the speedy passage of the legislation.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bills read a second time, and passed through their remaining stages without amendment or debate.







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