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Thursday, 21 August 1980
Page: 595

Mr FIFE (Farrer) (Minister for Education) - In response to the Government's guidelines, which I announced to the Parliament on 22 May 1980, I present reports from the two Commonwealth education commissions which make recommendations for the allocation of Commonwealth specific purpose education grants in the States and the Northern Territory in 1981. The report of the Tertiary Education Commission makes recommendations for the allocation of funds to universities, colleges of advanced education, and technical and further education institutions. The tabling of the report also satisfies the requirements of sections 4 and 31 of the States Grants (Tertiary Education Assistance) Act 1978.

The Government is consulting the States and the Northern Territory on the recommendations in the reports of both commissions for the allocation of funds in 1 98 1 . In accordance with established practice, the Government will be considering the recommendations shortly and will then be introducing States grants legislation during the Budget sittings to implement approved education funding programs for 1981.

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