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Monday, 6 December 2004
Page: 104

Senator ALLISON (8:31 PM) —I am puzzled by the minister's earlier response that Catholic schools might take into account the opinion of the priest. The explanatory memorandum says:

... in the case of Catholic schools this will take account of the relationship with the bishop, parish priest(s) and the leadership of religious institutions ...

Why is this necessary? There is the question of Catholics being singled out; but there is the other question about the statement that such appointments will take account of the relationship. Why is it necessary? How does the government intend to monitor and get compliance with this requirement to take account of this relationship?

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Ferguson)—The question is that the amendments moved by Senator Carr be agreed to.

Question agreed to.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN —The Greens' amendments were circulated late and do not appear on the running sheet. However, I think we should consider them in chronological order. I call Senator Nettle.