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Beazley announces 'third-country' award scheme

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The Australian Minister for Education, Mr. Kim Beazley, announced in Kingston, Jamaica, - today Australian Government awards for Commonwealth students would be tenable in third countries in future.

Mr. Beazley was speaking at the Commonwealth Education Conference.

He told delegates from other' Commonwealth countries the number of awards by the Australian Government under the Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships Plan would be increased by 50 per cent.

The value of the awards would be reviewed.

"We will make third-country awards available under the CSFP where it is the wish of a receiving country to send their scholars to institutions in other developing countries", Mr. Beazley said.

"Australia welcomes the proposed collaboration between the CSFP and the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation to extend the opportunities of academic staff and middle-level educators from the developing countries to study in other developing countries of the Commonwealth.

"Australia acknowledges that an increase in the number of its awards under the CSFP is now overdue. From 197^-75 we will increase the total number of awards by 50 per cent to 150."

Mr. Beazley said the Australian Government recognised the need in times of rapid inflation to keep the value of the CSFP awards at an effective level. ,

"This is crucial and we will continue to review the scale of '

allowances in framing our Budget each year", he said.

"This statement of Australia’s position has the full support of the Australian Government.

"We want to explore all means of discharging effectively the responsibility to the Commonwealth in education which we regard as of great importance."

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