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Thursday, 11 March 2004
Page: 21351

Senator HARRIS (11:24 AM) —I can answer that for you. Yesterday I spoke to the Vice-Chancellor of James Cook University. They were unable to facilitate those 10 places in 2004. They have been returned to Griffith University and those positions will be filled there. That is purely a function of the university not being able to accommodate them in 2004. I made contact with the vice-chancellor to ensure that in 2005, 2006 and 2007 they would be ready for that intake. There was no impediment from the government. The government tried to assist in providing those initial 10 places. The university themselves could not accommodate them. It is not the government taking them away; it is the university saying that they will not be prepared in time to take the intake. The places were transferred back to Griffith University. James Cook University said yesterday that they are absolutely overjoyed to be able to take the 12 places in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and can accommodate them.