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Thursday, 21 May 1970

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Lucock - I suggest that the honourable member for Kennedy keep a little closer to the Bill.

Mr KATTER - I will leave the garbage and turn to the more genuine students, who make up about 90% of those who attend our universities. The Commonwealth provides substantial sums of money for accommodation at universities. My remarks are designed to show that the majority of university students are worthy of the facilities provided. I have drawn attention to a small group which is most unworthy.

I would like to draw attention to contributions made by some university students. These contributions are rarely publicised. Not many people would know that during commemoration week at the University of Queensland a competition is held to see whether the previous year's record for the giving of blood to the blood bank can be broken. This is a most worthy contribution by a great body of university students at one university in Australia. Another activity engaged in by these students, who seek to prove that they are worthy of the facilities provided by the Commonwealth, is an annual picnic for the crippled children of Brisbane. Underprivileged and crippled children from every institution in the City of Brisbane are brought to the university campus and entertained by students. These activities are not recorded in newspaper headlines. No television cameras record them. Every year Queensland university students take part in a walk against want. Their purpose is to raise funds for Community Aid Abroad with a walkathon. I could go on and on reciting the worthwhile contributions of university students. 1 pay a tribute to the Government for providing funds to establish these grand university colleges. But as my learned colleague, the honourable member for Denison (Dr Solomon) pointed out, with his vast experience of university life, many university students do not enter these colleges. We should look to their circumstances. They should be assisted more than they are at present, particularly in the matter of deductions for purposes of income tax, to which I referred earlier. I will have much more to say on that subject on another occasion.

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