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Wednesday, 21 November 1973
Page: 2006

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - In response to Senator Davidson's question, I merely emphasise that Senator Rae's amendment reads:

Leave out paragraph (a) of sub-clause (3) . . .

As I have mentioned, that paragraph is a cardinal plank in the platform of the Australian Labor Party. The amendment continues:

.   . insert the following paragraphs:

By this amendment he is seeking the deletion of a paragraph and the insertion of other paragraphs. It is not so much the insertion of the other paragraphs to which I, on behalf of the Government, primarily object as it is the deletion of the paragraph from the clause. I am certain that no one on this side of the Parliament would deny people the right to adopt Article 26 of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. Rather than take in isolation that section of Article 26 which Senator Davidson read out, surely it must be accepted that the whole of that article relates basically to countries in which there is probably no education or very little education. Australia is blessed with a system in which education is compulsory. We believe that the deletion of the words proposed to be deleted by Senator Rae would not be in the best interests of this legislation. For those reasons we do not accept the amendment.

Amendment agreed to.

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