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Wednesday, 21 November 1973
Page: 2006


Senator RAE (Tasmania) - I move:

In paragraph (a) of sub-clause (4), leave out 'conducting', insert 'responsible for or connected with'.

This amendment again relates to the clause which refers to the functions of the Schools Commission. At present sub-clause (4) states:

For the purpose of the performance of its functions, the Commission -

(a)   shall consult with representatives of the States, with authorities in the Australian Capital Territory and the

Northern Territory responsible for primary education or secondary education in either or both of those Territories and with persons, bodies and authorities conducting non-government schools in Australia, and may consult with such other persons, bodies and authorities as the Commission thinks necessary.

We believe that the wording could be improved. We suggest that, because of the huge variety of non-government schools and because of the variety of administrative structures which conduct those schools, rather than use the term 'conducting' in relation to non-government schools, it would be better to use more general terminology to widen the opportunities of the Schools Commission rather than to keep them in the narrow form in which they are at the moment. Therefore we suggest that instead of the word 'conducting' the words 'responsible for or connected with' should be inserted before the words 'nongovernment schools'. The clause would then read:

.   . the Commission-

(a)   shall consult . . .

That makes it mandatory- . . with representatives of the States, with authorities in the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory . . . and with persons, bodies and authorities responsible for or connected with non-government schools in Australia, and may consult with such other persons, bodies and authorities as the Commission thinks necessary.

I give that brief outline. I imagine that if the Government continues to adopt the attitude that any alteration to the Bill is something to which it takes exception, the amendment will not need any further elaboration of our reasons. We think it is an improvement in the spirit of the Bill and in the spirit of making the Schools Commission work.







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