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Thursday, 14 November 1974
Page: 2369

Senator TOWNLEY (TASMANIA) - I would like to ask a question of the Minister representing the Minister for Education. It concerns retraining grants. Will the Minister advise whether it would be possible for, say, the wife of a university professor earning about $28,000 per annum, she being in receipt of a sizeable private income, to apply for and receive a retraining grant? If the answer is in the affirmative, will the Minister say what means test, if any, is applied to such a person and indeed to anyone else? How much study has to be undertaken by the recipient? Over what length of time can a grant be received? What would happen if, at the end of such a retraining period, the person changed her mind? Would she be eligible to apply for another grant? Does she have to do any work in the field in which she is retrained?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - I am sure that the honourable senator will appreciate that the information he seeks does not come immediately to my mind. Frankly, I doubt very much that any of the criteria on which he is basing his question are correct. He said that the salary of a university professor is about $28,000 a year. If my recollection is correct, the basic salary of a university professor is about $ 19,000 a year. So I suggest that the honourable senator should check that fact first before he hypothesises all the other matters. I also suggest that the honourable senator place his question on the notice paper so that I can obtain a reply from the Minister for Education.

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