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Thursday, 24 August 1972
Page: 453

Debate resumed from 23 August (vide page 325), on motion by Senator Wright:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

Senator WHEELDON(Western Australia) (9.44 - I move:

At end of motion add - but the Senate is of the opinion that there should be established an Australian pre-school commission to develop pre-school centres throughout Australia at standards comparable to those in the Australian Capital Territory and to provide for training of professional staff for these centres.'

This Bill is a machinery measure extending the provisions of the existing legislation for one more year. The Opposition does not intend to oppose the passage of the Bill in the event of the amendment which I have just moved being defeated. However, we wish to take this opportunity to bring to the attention of the Senate once again the policy of the Australian Labor Party relating to the establishment of a pre-school commission. I think it is quite well known that the Australian Labor Party believes that just as the Universities Commission is necessary for the successful maintenance of university tertiary education in Australia, and just as it would be quite impossible for there to be national planning with regard to university education without the existence of that Commission or sime similar body--


Senator Wright - I regret that I must raise a point of order. The honourable senator has moved an amendment for the addition of these words: but the Senate is of the opinion that there should be established an Australian pre-school commission to develop pre-school centres throughout Australia at standards comparable for those in the Australian Capital Territory and to provide for training of professional staff for these centres.

This amendment is in no way relevant to the provisions of the Bill which, as I indicated in the second reading speech, is simply for the purpose of enlarging the prescribed period in which certain appropriations of the Parliament already made might be expended. The idea that it should be the vehicle to establish an amendment for a commission would be, I submit, to allow an excrescence quite irrelevant to the Bill.

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT (Senator Withers) - I am of the opinion that the long title of the Bill is sufficiently wide to enable any amendment to be moved on the second reading. I rule, therefore, that Senator Wheeldon's amendment is in order.







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