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Tuesday, 15 October 2002
Page: 5168

Senator STOTT DESPOJA (5:08 PM) —I am happy to get on with the business of this legislation, but I first note that it is the first time that I have heard Senator Carr call for Senator Alston to be in the debate—

Senator Carr —I like the fellow. He's growing on me.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Bolkus)—Do you claim to have been misrepresented, Senator Carr? No? Please continue, Senator Stott Despoja.

Senator STOTT DESPOJA —On behalf of my colleague Senator Lyn Allison and the Australian Democrats, I move:

That the House of Representatives be requested to make the following amendment:

(1) Schedule 1, item 1, page 3 (lines 6 and 7), omit the item, substitute:

1 Schedule 3 (table rows relating to 2002 to 2007)

Repeal the rows, substitute:













Statement pursuant to the order of the Senate of 26 June 2000

The amendment is circulated as a request because it would have the effect of increasing expenditure under the appropriation in section 111 of the States Grants (Primary and Secondary Education Assistance) Act 2000 by $50 million. It therefore increases the “proposed charge or burden on the people” within the meaning of the third paragraph of section 53 of the Constitution.

Statement by the Clerk of the Senate pursuant to the order of the Senate of 26 June 2000

The Senate has treated as requests amendments which increase expenditure out of appropriations of the Act amended by the bill. This request is therefore in accordance with the precedents of the Senate.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Bolkus)—The question is that the request be agreed to.

Senator STOTT DESPOJA —As I indicated in my contribution on the second reading, the amendment looks at an additional funding amount of $50 million for capital works. It is self-explanatory, and I understand that this amendment is moved in the form of a request, acknowledging that it is requesting an increase in expenditure and thus has an impact on appropriations.