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Thursday, 1 April 1965

Senator GORTON (VICTORIA) (Minister for Works) - The effect of the Martin report recommendations as to grants which should be made for the tertiary levels of technical colleges was that around those tertiary levels new colleges could be built. It listed a number of colleges to which £1 for £1 grants ought to be made immediately as interim grants to be expended during 1965 and 1966. No doubt that list of colleges was compiled by the Martin Committee on the grounds that the colleges listed were already in a position to proceed at once with the construction of such colleges around those tertiary sections of their technical facilities. In other words, they had given some thought to the matter, had plans prepared and were ready to go ahead.

It was suggested that the other institutions to which the honorable senator referred should get £1.25 million, of which half would come from the Commonwealth Government. This was suggested to cover a whole lot of other instrumentalities which were lumped together including paramedical facilities, agricultural facilities and similar institutions throughout Australia. I have no doubt they were dealt with together in that way because in those cases there were no plans at a stage where sufficient thought had been given to the kind of development required in these individual institutions and they were not ready to proceed with specific proposals as I presume were the other colleges. In those circumstances, the Government indicated its willingness to discuss the application of its share of the grant for the listed colleges Which are ready to go ahead but did not go further than that.

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