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Tuesday, 20 October 1964

Senator COHEN (Victoria) .- I ask the Minister for Works (Senator Gorton) - under Division No. 896, item 01, " Grant to Administration towards expenses, £28,000,000" - whether any provision is made for money to be spent on work in connection with the Institute of Higher Technical Education and the establishment of a university in Papua and New Guinea that were proposed in the report of the Currie Commission on Higher Education in Papua and New Guinea?

Senator Gorton - The answer is " No ".

Senator COHEN - It is remarkable, indeed, that when we look at the estimates for Papua and New Guinea for the whole of the coming year we find that no provision whatever is made to carry out any of the recommendations of one of the most important reports ever to be presented to this Government, certainly in connection with the development of Papua and New Guinea. I think that all honorable senators who have had the opportunity of reading this report will recognise in it a mature document directed to the long term needs of the people of Papua and New Guinea and one calling for a measure of initiative.

Consideration interrupted.

The CHAIRMAN (Senator McKellar).Order! In conformity with the sessional order relating to the adjournment of the Senate, I formally put the question -

That the Chairman do now leave the Chair and report to the Senate.

Question resolved in the affirmative. (The Chairman having reported accordingly) -

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