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STATES GRANTS (SCHOOLS ASSISTANCE) BILL 1983

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Veterans' Affairs (Senator Gietzelt)-That this Bill be now read a second time.

Debate resumed.

Senator Baume moved an amendment, viz: At end of motion, add '', but the Senate- (a) condemns the Government for its many dishonoured promises to Australian secondary students;

(b) reaffirms the right of all children to receive guaranteed Government support for their education;

(c) insists on the right of every Australian child to receive support for his or her schooling at a level which is predictable and related to educational costs in Government schools;

(d) supports the principle of freedom of choice in education and the right of all parents to be supported in that choice;

(e) deplores the restriction on the free development of non-Government schools as an expression of the will of parents; and

(f) condemns the Government for the unexplained and arbitrary cuts to some Schools Commission Programs and, in particular, to the Professional Development Program''.

Debate ensued.

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

The Senate divided

AYES, 23

Senators- Archer Baume Bjelke-Petersen Boswell Carrick, Sir John Chaney Collard Crichton-Browne Durack Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Harradine Hill Jessop Kilgariff Lajovic Lewis Missen Reid (Teller) Scott Teague Townley Walters Watson

NOES, 29

Senators- Bolkus Button Chipp Coates Coleman Colston Cook Crowley Elstob Evans, Gareth Evans, Jack Foreman Georges Gietzelt Haines Hearn Jones (Teller) McClelland Macklin Maguire Mason Primmer Ray, Robert Reynolds Ryan Sibraa Tate Walsh Zakharov

And so it was negatived.

Debate continued.

Senator Harradine moved an amendment, viz: At end of motion, add '', but the Senate- (a) condemns the Government for its many dishonoured promises to Australian secondary students; and

(b) condemns the Government for the unexplained and arbitrary cuts to some Schools Commission Programs and, in particular, to the Professional Development Program''.

Debate ensued.

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

The Senate divided

AYES, 28

Senators- Archer Baume Bjelke-Petersen Boswell Carrick, Sir John Chaney Chipp Collard Crichton-Browne Durack Evans, Jack Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Haines Harradine Hill Jessop Kilgariff Lajovic Lewis Macklin Mason Missen Reid (Teller) Scott Teague Townley Walters Watson

NOES, 24

Senators- Bolkus Button Coates Coleman Colston Cook Crowley Elstob Evans, Gareth Foreman Georges Gietzelt Hearn Jones (Teller) McClelland Maguire Primmer Ray, Robert Reynolds Ryan Sibraa Tate Walsh Zakharov And so it was resolved in the affirmative. 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

Clauses 1 and 2, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

Clause 3 debated.

Senator Baume moved-That consideration of clause 3 be postponed.

Question-put and negatived.

Senator Baume moved an amendment, viz: Page 3, sub-clause (1), definition of ''developing area'', lines 19 to 21, leave out the definition.

Debate ensued.

Paper: The Minister for Education and Youth Affairs (Senator Ryan) laid upon the Table the following Paper: Commonwealth Schools Commission-Policy on new Non-Government Schools Administrative Guidelines for 1984.

Debate continued.

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

Senator Baume moved a further amendment, viz: Page 10, sub-clause (9), lines 13 to 30, leave out all words after ''systemic school''.

Debate ensued.

And it being 12 noon: The Temporary Chairman of Committees (Senator Sibraa), pursuant to Order, left the Chair and reported to the Senate.

The President resumed the Chair; and Senator Sibraa reported accordingly.

And it being 12 noon, pursuant to Order, Questions without Notice were called on.