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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 is of the opinion that--

(1) the university/college of advanced education amalgamations proposed in Newcastle, Armidale, Wollongong and Townsville should not proceed until arrangements satisfactory to both parties to the amalgamation have emerged; (2) those colleges of advanced education in New South Wales and Victoria for which no satisfactory amalgamation proposal exists should be funded until proposals satisfactory to the staff and students of the colleges involved are determined; and

(3) the Government should provide guarantees backed by special financial support to ensure that where amalgamations occur--

(a) the existing range of educational opportunities are maintained, (b) the employment security of staff is safeguarded, and

(c) the academic integrity of the institutions is protected''.

Debate ensued.

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

The Senate divided--

AYES, 29

Senator-- Senator-- Bolkus McClelland Button McIntosh Childs McLaren ChiPp Macklin Coates Mason Colston Mulvihill Elstob Primmer Evans Ray, Robert Georges Robertson Gietzelt Ryan Giles Siddons Grimes Tate Haines Walsh Hearn Teller: Jones Sibraa

NOES, 29

Senator-- Senator-- Archer MacGibbon Baume Martin Bjelke-Petersen Martyr Bonner Messner Carrick Missen Chaney Reid Crichton-Browne Scott Durack Teague Guilfoyle, Thomas Dame Margaret Walters Hamer Watson Harradine Withers Hill Young Kilgariff Lajovic Teller: Lewis Collard

The Ayes and Noes being equal, amendment negatived accordingly.

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 President resumed the Chair ; and the Temporary Chairman of Committees (Senator Georges) 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.