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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4522

Mr Whitlam askedthe Minister for Education and Science, upon notice:

What would be the cost to the Commonwealth of paying fees of the present number of students at (a) universities, (b) colleges of advanced education, (c) teachers' colleges, and (d) technical colleges, whose fees are not already paid by Commonwealth and State Departments and instrumentalities.

Mr Malcolm Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a)   and (b) The estimated costs for the financial year 1971-72 for universities and colleges of advanced education are$1 3.1m and $3.4m respectively. These estimates take into account possible savings to the Commonwealth from a reduction in claims for income taxation deductions which would arise from the abolition of fees. Allowance has also been made for the value of reimbursements to students who as employees of the Commonwealth are eligible for a refund of fees paid.

(c)   and (d) The information available concerning income and expenditure of teachers colleges and technical colleges is of insufficient detail to permit calculation of the required cost estimate.

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