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STATES GRANTS (TERTIARY EDUCATION ASSISTANCE) AMENDMENT BILL (NO. 3) 1985
COMMONWEALTH EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS (OVERSEAS STUDENTS) AMENDMENT BILL 1985
STATES GRANTS (EDUCATION ASSISTANCE-PARTICIPATION AND EQUITY) AMENDMENT BILL (NO. 2) 1985
STATES GRANTS (SCHOOLS ASSISTANCE) AMENDMENT BILL 1985

Order of the Day read for the motion of the Minister for Community Services (Senator Grimes)-That these Bills be now read a first time.

Question-put and passed.

Bills read a first time.

The Minister for Education (Senator Ryan) moved-That these Bills be now read a second time.

Cognate debate: The following Bills were, by leave, considered together with the above-mentioned Bills during the second reading debate:

States Grants (Nurse Education Transfer Assistance) Bill 1985

States Grants (Tertiary Education Assistance) Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1985.

Senator Peter Baume moved an amendment in relation to the States Grants (Schools Assistance) Amendment Bill 1985, viz: Leave out all words after ""That'', insert ""the Bill be withdrawn and redrafted to provide for-

(a) the removal of constraints imposed on non-government schools, or on non-government school communities, which will in any way destroy their independence or opportunities for expansion or interfere with the special character of non-government schools; and

(b) a basic per pupil grant for each child for the basic necessities of schooling, adequate capital provision, and special additional funds for special educational disadvantage''.

Debate ensued.

Senator Parer addressing the Chair

And it being 2 p.m.-