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STATES GRANTS (SCHOOLS ASSISTANCE) AMENDMENT BILL 1981

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the Question--That this Bill be now read a second time.

Senator Ryan moved an amendment, viz: At end of motion, add "", but the Senate condemns the reduction in the activities of the Schools Commission, as announced in the Review of Commonwealth Functions, in that:

(a) the contraction of the information collection and dissemination activities of the Commission constitutes an obstacle to the debate on education policy and will limit accountability for education expenditure; and

(b) the withdrawal of the administrative functions of the Commission at the State level will limit and downgrade the services the Commission provides, particularly to the non-government sector''.

Debate ensued.

Question--That the words proposed to be added be added--put and negatived.

Question--That this Bill be now read a second time--put and passed.

Bill read a second time.

The Senate, according to Order, resolved itself into Committee for the consideration of the Bill.

In the Committee

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole and agreed to.

Bill to be reported without amendment.

The Acting Deputy-President (Senator Colston) resumed the Chair; and the Temporary Chairman of Committees (Senator Davidson) reported accordingly.

On the motion of the Minister for National Development and Energy (Senator Carrick) the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time.