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DR DAVID KEMP MP FEDERAL MEMBER FOR GOLDSTEIN SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION

145 KOORNANG ROAD CARNEGIE, VIC. 3163 PH: (03) 571 3311 FAX: (03) 571 6020

14TH FEBRUARY, 1991 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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ATTACK ON BOND UNI BENEATH CONTEMPT

Dr David Kemp, the Shadow Minister for Education today condemned as scandalous Mr Dawkins' attack on Queensland's Bond University.

In an interview yesterday on Radio 2UE, Mr Dawkins described Bond University as an "abject failure".

"This attack was made for one purpose only - to cover up Mr Dawkins' own abject failure to provide sufficient university places to the many qualified Queensland students who are missing out on the university education of their choice.

"In a desperate attempt to avoid responsibility, Mr Dawkins has sought to impugn Bond University's reputation in a manner reminiscent of Mr Keating's behaviour in the National Australia Bank incident.

"Mr Dawkins must have been aware of the potential damage his remarks could cause for Bond University in the recruitment of students.

"He must also have been aware that his assessment is not shared by the higher education community and that the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee had conferred membership upon Bond University after an expert review last year.

"The Government has failed to provide anything approaching a level playing field for private universities such as Bond University. Bond University has proceeded without a cent of Federal Government support or encouragement. Given this lack of Government

support, it is extraordinary for Mr Dawkins to imply that the Government was relying on Bond University to make up the shortfall in student places in Queensland.

"Last year the Premier of Queensland, Wayne Goss was reported as describing John Dawkins as 'incompetent and arrogant'. Mr Dawkins has once again proven the accuracy of this observation."

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Contact: Dr. David Kemp MP Ph: (06) 277 2035/37

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