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Senator Carrick Rejects Opposition Criticism

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Ministerial 6 2 February 1977 . . .


The Minister for Education, Senator Garrick, today

rejected Federal Opposition claims that the technical

and further education sector would suffer under the

proposed post-secondary education commission.

Senator Garrick said the proposed post-secondary structure

provided special protection for the interests of technical

and further education, the largest post-secondary sector.

The full-time chairman and the five part-time members

would be carefully chosen. They would reflect the broad

interests of the community.

In its planning for better co-ordination, of post-school

education the Government h a d .taken into account the risk

that the claims of technical and further education would

' be submerged by competition for funds with the universities · ' ·

and colleges of advanced education, he said.

The Government has sought to meet the problem by stressing

that TAFE would be an equal partner with the universities

and colleges and for this reason the Cabinet had authorised

him to announce it was the Government8 s firm intention to

pay special attention to technical and further education,

particularly in the allocation of resources, and in the

development of co-operative arrangements with the States.

Each council of the new commission would become expert

in its own sphere and recommend programs. .An additional

protection for each council would be that each would be

able to ensure that its own views and recommendations to .

the commission could be made public. .. . ' . „

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Senator Garrick said the Government recognised that

technical and further education in Australia needed

particular encouragement and the proposed structure of

the commission and its councils reflected this concern

Another fact to be borne in mind was the interface

between colleges and TAPE institutions and this could

best be handled by the proposed structure.

Inquiries: Ken Henrick 89-7300 (w)

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