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Wednesday, 12 December 1973
Page: 2710

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - I move:

That the Committee does not insist on the amendments of the Senate to which the House of Representatives has insisted on disagreeing and makes further amendments to the Bill consequent upon the rejection of its amendments as follows:

(1)   In clause 13, before sub-clause (1), insert the following sub-clause- ( 1A) In the performance of its functions, the Commission shall consult and co-operate with representatives of the States, with authorities in the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory responsible for primary or secondary education in either or both of those Territories and with persons, bodies and authorities conducting non-government schools in Australia, and may consult with such other persons, bodies and authorities as the Commission thinks necessary.'.

(2)   In clause 13, after 'Australia' insert- and the need for ensuring that the facilities provided in all schools in Australia, whether government or nongovernment, are of the highest standard '.

(3)   In clause 13, after paragraph 3 (a), insert the following paragraph- (aa) the prior right of parents to choose whether their children are educated at a government school or at a nongovernment school; '.

(4)   In clause 13, leave out sub-clause (4), insert the following sub-clause-

(4)   For the purpose of the performance of its functions, the Commission may undertake, or cause to be undertaken, such research as it thinks necessary into matters that relate to the functions of the Commission. '.

(5)   In clause 16, leave out sub-clause (2), insert the following sub-clause-

(2)   A Board shall consist of such persons, whether members of the Commission or not, as, subject to and in accordance with the regulations, the Minister appoints. '.

(6)   In clause 16, leave out 'as are from time to time determined by the Minister', insert ' as are prescribed '.

It is not my intention to speak at length on these amendments. I suggest, if it is the wish of the Opposition, that all of the amendments be taken in toto.

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