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MINISTER FOR ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS Senator the Hon. Peter Baume · - · · . ·

ABORIGINAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE

JOINT STATEMENT BY THE COMMONWEALTH MINISTER FOR ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS/ SENATOR PETER BAUME, AND THE SOUTH AUSTRALIAN MINISTER FOR ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS AND EDUCATION, THE HON.HAROLD ALLISON

The Commonwealth Minister for Aboriginal:Affairs, Senator Peter Baume, and the State Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Education, the Hon Harold Allison, said that agreement in principle had been reached on the future funding of the Adelaide Aboriginal Community College ‘

following talks in Adelaide today.

Senator Baume. had had discussions with Mr Allison, with representatives of the Aboriginal community in Adelaide, and with the Committee of Management of the College. He had also visited the College and the South Australian Institute of Technology . - Task Force and met students

there.

"The arrangements made will enable the College to retain its own identity as a focal point for the Aboriginal community", Senator . Baume said. Funds will continue to be provided by the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and the College had agreed to meet certain conditions which, he hoped, would enable its programs to be run more effectively

apd efficiently for the benefit of a particularly needy segment of the Aboriginal community.

By agreement with Mr Allison, the Tertiary Education Authority of South Australia will be the channel for Department of Aboriginal Affairs funds, and will immediately examine ways of reducing the College's staffing and administrative costs. Mr Allison had promised

to try to find better premises in a central location for the College. It was hoped, that the* College could move into new premises at the beginning of 1982.

"I am more than happy that we have at last been able to find a way to enable the College-to continue, and that the State would now assist in meeting the College's future needs. This would ensure , that the best possible use is made ofrDepartmet of Aboriginal Affairs money for the benefit of the Aboriginal community here", said

Senator Baume.

CANBERRA, 14 August 1981