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Tuesday, 6 April 1965

Senator WRIGHT (TASMANIA) - I ask the Minister in Charge of Commonwealth Activities in Education and Research: Was not the Australian Universities Commission made securely independent so as to prevent the involvement of universities in politics? Is it not entirely mischievous to the academic independence claimed by universities for particular figures at an individual university to start local politics and not to put the case to the independent specialist Commission - the Australian Universities Commission?

Senator GORTON - I think the honorable senator is quite right in his assessment pf the purpose for which the Australian Universities Commission was established and the independence it was given for that purpose. It is a matter of judgment for each member of the Senate to decide whether it is in the interests of the universities for a senator to attempt to make political capital of a matter relating to this or that university. In that field, my judgment is the same as that indicated by the honorable senator in his question.

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