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Ministerial 89 2 July 1975



The Minister for Education, Mr Kim Beazley commented today on statements made last week about the Canberra Leagues Club site in Dickson no longer being required for a secondary college,.

He said that he considered his Department had acted responsibly in telling the Department of the Capital Territory that this site was no longer being considered for a secondary college. He had carefully considered the question of building a new college in North Canberra earlier this year and had decided that the expense involved could not be

justified. He believed that a revised conversion scheme for Dickson High School would provide suitable secondary college facilities. He h a d . announced his decision in a press release on 11 March and he had written

to all interested groups, including the Dickson College Watching Committee, informing them of his decision and the reasons for it.

Mr Beazley said that in reaching his decision he had considered priorities for educational expenditure in the ACT and throughout Australia. The recently published report of the Schools Commission had confirmed his view that expenditure on a new college in Dickson was not warranted.

Mr Beazley said that in the light of this decision there was no reason arising from intended action for education why the Leagues Club site should be held.

Mr Beazley added that the working group he had set up to plan a new conversion scheme for Dickson High School had now reached general agreement and a new schedule of requirements was' being finalised for transmission to the National Capital Development Commission. '

Mr Brian Peck

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