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No decision yet on future private overseas student intake



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NO DECISION YET ON FUTURE PRIVATE OVERSEAS STUDENT INTAKE

"The Government has not made any decisions about numbers or conditions of private overseas students studying in Australia beyond 1985'ยท. the Minister for Education and Youth Affairs said today.

Senator Ryan said that she was concerned that some newspaper reports today had given the impression that a decision had been made.

"I must stress that this is not so. No decision has been made and none will be made until later this year", she said. "Indeed, the only decision made by the Government is the one announced jointly by the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs. Mr West and myself last week.

"In that announcement we said that until new policies could be finalised, the existing arrangements would be continued. The overseas student intake for 1985 would be carried out under existing arrangements and procedures. The guota for this year - 3.500 (made up of 2.000 secondary and 1,500 tertiary students) - would apply again next year", Senator Ryan said.

"Because of the confusion which appears to have arisen over this matter. I think it is important that I should clarify the situation."

"The Government has received advice from 2 expert Committees - the Goldring Report and the Jackson Report.

"Until the Government has had a chance to fully examine these two reports. there cannot be and will not be any decision on our future overseas student intake", she said.

Further Information: Harriett Swift 25.5.84