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Monday, 6 December 2004
Page: 102


Senator CARR (8:22 PM) —by leave—I move opposition amendments (3) and (6) on sheet 4459:

(3) Clause 14, page 18 (lines 30 to 33), omit paragraph (1)(1), substitute:

(l) a commitment by the State that:

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

(ii) such appointments will take account of the relationship of the school to the relevant state authority and the need for system wide strategies to recruit teaching staff where there are shortages in particular geographical and curriculum areas;

(6) Clause 31, page 31 (line 30) to 32 (line 2), omit paragraph (1), substitute:

(l) a commitment by the relevant authority that:

(i) appointments of staff in each 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) such appointments will take account of the relationship of the school to the relevant school or system authority and the need for system wide strategies to recruit teaching staff where there are shortages in particular geographical and curriculum areas;

These amendments go to the question of providing flexibility for system wide recruitment incentives, especially for hard to staff schools in particular geographical areas, especially isolated regions, and for curriculum areas of shortage such as in maths, science and languages. The amendments recognise that it is the general responsibility of the government school employers—the state governments and the departments—and the school authorities in independent schools to manage teacher recruitment for the benefit of all. If passed, these amendments make it unnecessary to use sectarian references in the bill to bishops, priests and leaders of religious institutions in relation to the funding and staffing arrangements in Catholic schools. Frankly, I could never understand why those references where placed in the bill. It was a matter of some considerable comment during the Senate inquiry as to why references to particular religious clerical authorities were within the bill. I do not believe it is necessary and these amendments make that clear.