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Thursday, 1 April 1965

Senator GORTON - I think a study of the report will show that the recommendations made by the Martin committee and endorsed by the Government are going to provide the greatest opportunities for expansion and for new work in the tertiary technical segment of Tasmanian education. The report suggested, and the Government has accepted the suggestion, that during the 1967-69 triennium the Commonwealth will stand prepared to make available about £4 million a year for capital expenditure and £4 million a year for recurrent expenses for the new technical colleges and the tertiary technical elements in them. The Tasmanian Government has been asked to formulate its proposals for the 1967-69 triennium and to bring them to us and discuss them. It knows that this is the situation. Tasmania's share of the amount to be made available, provided the Tasmanian Minister can give some thought to what he wants to do and can finally decide what he wants to do, will, 1 think, revolutionise this field of education in Tasmania, just as the Commonwealth grant previously made has revolutionised the secondary technical field in Tasmania. This year the Commonwealth grant for technical education in Tasmania is just twice as much as the total spent by the State of Tasmania in this field last year. It is about one and a half times the total being spent by Tasmania in the present year. It has revolutionised a field which has been neglected over the years by the State Minister in Tasmania, and a similar revolution might well occur in the tertiary field.

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