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Thursday, 23 March 1972
Page: 893

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON (New South Wales) (Minister for Health) (5.7) - Mr President, I am having a really difficult day. I had prepared a speech on the amendment that I believed would be moved. I discover now that the amendment that has been moved is different from that proposed.

Senator McManus - We are saving you a lot of trouble.

Senator Sir KENNETHANDERSONThe point that I make is that just as I contended that the amendment proposed to the earlier Bill was invalid I believe that this amendment should be ruled out of order. The States Grants (Capital Assistance) Bill relates to government primary and secondary schools. The amendment moved proposes that these capital grants should be extended to non-government schools. It is in complete conflict with the Bill. Again, a difference of opinion arises. You may rule that it is in order without seeking much advice as to the opinion of the Senate, but I submit Mr President that the amendment is out of order. It would be wonderful to go home this week and to say that I had had one victory, however occasional it may be, in relation to the Standing Orders. I suggest this is an inappropriate amendment to move to the Bill. The Government cannot support it, no matter how you rule, Mr President. We cannot be seen to be supporting it in the form in which it is presented.

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