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Thursday, 23 August 1984
Page: 293

Senator HARRADINE(6.23) —I should like to associate myself with the remarks of Senator Sir John Carrick, Senator Peter Rae and Senator Watson in respect of this matter. For Senator Boswell's benefit I point out to him and to anybody else who is interested that the report sets down quite clearly the powers and the functions of the Australian Maritime College and the aims and objectives of the Council. I think the answer to what Senator Boswell has raised is on page 9 of the report of the college wherein it talks about enrolments. It states:

Full-time enrolments at the College show a significant growth from 325 in 1982 to 546 in 1983, and it is anticipated that some 650 full-time students will be enrolled in 1984. This increase in 1983 and 1984 has been achieved despite reduced enrolments in cadet entry courses for trainee deck and engineer officers in the shipping industry. It is confidently expected that there will be a further significant growth in enrolments for 1985-87.

I say to Senator Boswell that in contrast to the low first year enrolments in the cadet industry courses there has been a marked increase in enrolments in the fisheries courses. Demand for places on the certificate of technology course in the fisheries operations has grown to such an extent that it is planned in 1984 to have two intakes, one in July as well as the usual intake in March. I concur with what Senator Watson has said and I think tribute should be paid to the honourable member for Bass, Mr Newman. Senator Boswell may come from Queensland and he may be a very good prawner. He tried the raw prawn; he has drawn the crabs. I am happy to be one of the crabs. I do not intend to get crabby about it , though. I seek leave to continue my remarks later.

Leave granted; debate adjourned.