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PRESS RELEASE TO TASMANIAN NEWSPAPERS ON 29/9/?6

The Federal Minister for Education, Senator Garrick, today accused the Tasmanian Government of muddled thinking and indecision over the future of the Tasmanian College of Advanc.e.d Education. ·

Senator Garrick described Mr Batt's claim yesterday that the lack of Federal funding was delaying a decision as "political rubbish". . .

He said ib was the constitutional responsibility of the Neilson Government to decide what it wanted the future shape of post secondary education in Tasmania to be. It must take the initiative. . ·

"No amount of noisy words can save Mr Batt from confronting his responsibilities," Senator Garrick said. "The Neilson Government established the original enquiry in which it sought rationalisation of functions. '

"The same Government set up the Co; sgrove Committee to -

implement the findings of the enquiry. .

"Now Mr Batt and his government are unwilling to face up to the necessary decision making.

"They are groping for excuses and escape routes but in the end they must confront the issue. No one else can resolve i t . ’ ■ · '

"When the attitude of the NeilsQn Government is known, and only then)can the Commonwealth education commissions analyse the implications, including the costs. . .

"I have invited Mr Batt to present the relevant information to the commissions. As yet he has no done so. For his

present dilemma and for the confusion unnecessarily existing in Tasmanian education circles he can blame no one but himself

"Let him tell the people of Tasmania what his Government's policies are on this matter." . ·

COPY GIVEN TO MR NEWMAN.' S OFFICE ON 1/10/76