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Tuesday, 6 April 1965

Senator GORTON - All the recommendations of the Australian Universities Commission in regard to the requirements of all the Australian universities for the 1964-66 triennium were made public in the report of the Commission which was tabled in this House, and they all were accepted by the Government and the Senate- I have seen the Press report to which the honorable senator has referred. I do not know whether it completely covers the statements of the Chancellor or whether the statements he made were entirely accurate. I should not be the least surprised if nearly all the Australian universities, in their dealings with the Australian Universities Commission, which was set up by this Parliament to assess and report upon their requirements, requested greater assistance than that which was recommended by the Commission. That is quite possible. But the Commission having been established to assess the requirements of universities for capital expenses and recurrent expenses and having been charged with the responsibility of consulting as well with the State Governments, which also have to contribute to meet both these costs, I think it would be extremely wrong and dangerous for any government - whether the present Government or a subsequent government - to start overthrowing those recommendations at the request of one vice-chancellor or another. I shall finish, as I began, by saying that the recommendations made by the Australian Universities Commission for grants to universities in this triennium were accepted by this Government and this Parliament.

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