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Wednesday, 5 December 1973
Page: 2518

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I am replying to the matter Senator McManus raised. I am saying that the 2 propositions, one enunciated by Mr Malcolm Fraser in another place and the other enunciated by Senator Rae in this place are completely different. If the proposition enunciated by Mr Malcolm Fraser had been pursued in this place I could have said quite frankly and honestly, that because of clauses 13 and 15 of Part III ofthe States Grants (Schools) Bill an additional expenditure of $114m would have been involved. But the proposition put forward by Senator Rae, as admitted by Senator McManus, is different from that which was proposed by Mr Malcolm Fraser in another place.

Senator Rae - But only for procedural reasons which I explained.

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I am not worrying about the reasons. The fact is that they were different propositions. An amount of $114m was involved in Mr Malcolm Fraser's proposition. We say that there is an amount of some $8m involved in the proposition put forward by the Opposition here. Again I reiterate that the policy of the Labor Government was put in precise terms to the people at the 1972 election. The people endorsed our policy. They rejected the Opposition's across the board per capita approach. Now the Opposition parties are trying to use their Senate numbers to obstruct the Government from giving effect to its promises. The Government cannot support the request made by the Opposition.

Question put:

That the words proposed to be left out (Senator Rae's request) be left out.

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