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Thursday, 1 April 1965

Senator GORTON - As 1 understand it, the Institute of Colleges pattern is one in which a State adopts the suggestion made in the Martin committee report that the new tertiary colleges of education, including as they will the tertiary technical field of education, be taken out of the direct control of the State Department of Education and the State Minister for Education and placed under the control of a body appointed with autonomy in a way similar to the way in which universities are placed under the control of their own governing bodies with autonomy. I should not like to say just what motivated the Martin committee to make the short statement that it might be of advantage to Tasmania to have this Institute of Colleges pattern, but it is something to which Tasmanians themselves might well give attention for that decision is for the Government to make.

Senator WRIGHT - I wish to ask yet another question in search of further information from the Minister in Charge of Commonwealth Activities in Education and Research. Specifically, can he tell me whether the Martin committee had submitted to it, either by the Chancellor of the University of Tasmania or by the Minister for Education in Tasmania, any proposals for capital expenditure on technical education for the year with which the Martin committee dealt, namely 1965-66?

Senator GORTON - I cannot answer that question. I do not know all that went on when the Martin committee was travelling around over the years during which it was taking submissions. Quite clearly, if it did have submitted to it by the Minister for Education in Tasmania proposals for the development of the tertiary section of technical education, it did not regard them as having reached a point of precision similar to the points which had been reached by the colleges it listed as ones for which it recommended an interim capital grant.

Senator Wright - I shall get the information from the Tasmanian Minister.

Senator GORTON - Well, I hope that the honorable senator gets it accurately.

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