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OVERSEAS STUDENTS CHARGE AMENDMENT BILL 1983

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Industry and Commerce (Senator Button)-That this Bill be now read a second time.

Senator Baume moved an amendment, viz: At end of motion, add '', but the Senate is of the opinion that- (a) the increased charges will cause personal hardship by preventing a large number of private overseas students from obtaining the benefits of secondary and tertiary education in Australia; and

(b) the substantially reduced overseas student intake for 1984 is not in the interests of Australia and its relations with our Asian and Pacific neighbours in that it is elitist, isolationist, selfish and mean''.

Debate continued.

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

Main Question, as amended-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 Townley) resumed the Chair; and the Chairman of Committees (Senator Hamer) reported accordingly.

On motion of the Minister for Social Security (Senator Grimes) the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time.