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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--

(a) the university/college of advanced education amalgamations proposed in Newcastle, Armadale, Wollongong and Townsville should not proceed until arrangements satisfactory to both parties to the amalgamation have emerged; (b) 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

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

(i) the existing range of educational opportunities is maintained, (ii) the employment security of staff is safeguarded, and

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

Debate ensued.

On the motion of the Minister for Social Security (Senator Chaney) the debate was adjourned.

Ordered--That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for a later hour of the day.