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Wednesday, 12 September 1984
Page: 879

Senator RYAN (Minister for Education and Youth Affairs)(12.31) —We seem to have ranged a little beyond the extent of the legislation that is before us. But I am happy on behalf of the Government to support the comments by Senator Baume when he expressed his satisfaction with the contribution made by Dr Richardson as Principal of the Canberra College of Advanced Education over the last 15 years and his regret that Dr Richardson has finally retired. Certainly, the CCAE has been a most important institution in the life of the Australian Capital Territory. As Senator Reid pointed out, it has achieved very high standards which are most easily demonstrated by the success of graduates from that institution. The success of the CCAE in progressing from a brand new institution to the flourishing and very successful institution that it is now is, of course, due very considerably to the efforts of the first Principal of the college, Dr Richardson. I am happy to place on public record what I have made known to Dr Richardson privately: The Government greatly appreciates his efforts and, like Senator Baume, we welcome his successor, Dr Parfitt.

The other matter that we seem to have started to debate at this point, for which I have to thank my colleague Senator Georges, is the future status of the CCAE. Speaking as the Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, I would rather not enter into this debate at this stage. I say only that the continuation and strengthening of the very important role played by the CCAE in the Australian Capital Territory is very much to the foremost in our considerations. Indeed, the discussion paper shortly to be made public on options and suggestions for future development and administration of education at all levels within the Australian Capital Territory reflects the discussions which were held between officers of my Department and the CCAE on its views about the matter. Once that discussion paper is in the public domain, we might have the full and vigorous debate on the future of the CCAE in which Senator Georges is obviously very anxious to participate.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a third time.