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Tuesday, 15 May 1973
Page: 2159

Mr Scholes asked the Minister for Education, upon notice:

(1)   Was it expected that the fourth university in Victoria would come into operation in 1976.

(2)   If so, when will it be necessary to allocate finance for this university if the operative date is to be met

(3)   Has there been a delay of 6 months by the Victorian State Government in providing Information in respect of the university; if so, will this delay make a 1976 commencing date Impossible.

Mr Beazley - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   I understand that that was the date of establishment envisaged by the State Government.

(2)   Almost immediately.

(3)   It is highly unlikely that it will be possible for the fourth university to open for students in 1976 unless decisions are taken almost immediately. However, the Australian Government will not be in a position to consider any proposals relating to the fourth university until it receives recommendations from the Australian Universities Commission and the Australian Universities Commission will not be in a position to advise the Government until it receives definitive detailed proposals from the State Government.

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