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Wednesday, 22 March 1961

Mr JONES (NEWCASTLE, VICTORIA) - I ask the Acting Prime Minister a question. I preface it by saying that in reply to a number of questions about the Newcastle University College, the chairman of the Australian Universities Commission, Sir Leslie Martin, said that the Tighe's Hill site and arrangements were sufficient but not ideal, and that it was unlikely that any additional funds would be recommended for the development of the college on the present site. Will the Government consider making a special grant of £100,000, so that planning may be proceeded with immediately on the basis of the establishment of an autonomous university on the selected and very satisfactory site at Shortland? Did the Government make a special grant of £150,000 to the Victorian Government for the purchase of land for, and the planning of, the Monash University? If this is so, why does not the Government make a similar grant for a university at Newcastle?

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