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Thursday, 21 May 1970

Mr KATTER (Kennedy) - I think there is fairly unanimous support for this Bill. I think all honourable members support the proposal to provide a high standard of accommodation in university colleges and the facilities to enable students to study properly. Under this Bill $47,241 is being provided for the women's hall of residence at the University of Tasmania and $454,930 for the Roberts Hall at Monash University. These are genuine contributions. Having said that 1 would like to draw attention to the position of some university students who unfortunately are not able to take advantage of the accepted conventional type of university college accommodation. The underprivileged student with a real desire to equip himself for his chosen profession - the type of person who eventually becomes one of our most valued professional men - does not have the means to live at a university college. He usually works during vacation in order to accumulate sufficient funds to pay his board and at least part of his university expenses. He is taxed on his earnings, which may be quite significant over a period of perhaps 3 months. But his accommodation expenses and fees paid to the university cannot be claimed as deductions for income tax purposes. This is most unfair. When considering university accommodation we certainly should consider the student to whom I have referred. 1 hope that the Treasurer (Mr Bury) will again examine the matter I have raised with a view to finding some way to grant a concession to these students and permit these deductions.

These days, unfortunately, when we think of university students we immediately think of the small sad group of people who have proved that they are misfits. They have to find some way to make an impact on society, and they readily fall victim to the drug pusher and the porno pedlar. They become Pinochios who jump when the strings are pulled by some Communist controlled group.

Mr Barnard - This is irrelevant.

Mr KATTER - lt is most relevant, because the taxpayers are providing this sum of more than $500,000.

Mr Barnard - I rise to order. In view of what the honourable member has said I ask you, Mr Deputy Speaker, to rule on the matter. The honourable member is not speaking to the Bill. His remarks are not related to the Bill.

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