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No Re-Introduction of Tertiary Fees



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NEWS RELEASE:

STATEMENT BY SENATOR PETER RAE OPPOSITION SPOKESMAN ON EDUCATION AND SCIENCE

There is no truth in stories being promoted by the Labor Party that a Liberal/Country Party Government would re-introduce tertiary students * fees.

That story is yet another part of the disgusting "dirty tricks" campaign.

The Liberal/Country Party policy on Education announced by me. on 23rd April says, "we will not re-introduce the payment of fees by students in Universities and Tertiary Colleges" The Policy statement further promised to review existing means-

tested tertiary allowances and promised to review the rules governing those allowances. There was the further promise to provide funds for loans to tertiary students. I see this as being organised through existing bodies which do provide such loans.

I again emphatically deny the story that education expenditure will be cut.It is ahigh priority area and expenditure will be substantially increased.

However, the most important fact to remember is that the greatest enemy of education in Australia is inflation. Already building costs have escalated by as much as kO'fo since the Karmel report was prepared only last year.

The Liberal/Country Parties actions to curtail inflation will ensure more value is obtained for every dollar spent on education.

The real question is "can education afford a Labor Government?"

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May 6, 1974