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Tuesday, 11 May 1965


Senator GORTON - The Minister for Territories has supplied the following answers -

1.   The Government has approved the establishment of a university and an institute of higher technical education in Papua and New Guinea.

2.   It is apparent, as has been pointed out by the World (Bank Mission, that most of the resources needed for the establishment of the university and the institute of higher techinical education will have to come from Australia. In making its decision to proceed with the project the Government therefore proceeded on the basis that the bulk of the costs will fall on Australian taxpayers and did not make any assumption that international aid would be forthcoming. The Government has investigated in general terms the question of international assistance for Territory development and, as a result of the recent visit to Australia and to Papua and New Guinea of the Deputy Director-General of U.N.E.S.C.O., specific proposals for aid have been developed.

3.   No. Decisions on the timing of courses will rest with the governing councils of the two institutions. It is expected, however, that these bodies will follow generally the recommendations of the Currie report as to timing, with the exception of the possibility suggested by the Currie report that a group of up to 20 trained teachers might commence the preliminary year of university studies late in 1964.







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