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Friday, 11 October 1985
Page: 1107

(Question No. 107)

Senator Bolkus asked the Minister for Finance, upon notice, on 20 March 1985:

(1) Is the Minister for Finance aware of a 1978 study by Anderson, Boven, Fensham and Powell who believe that only a small percentage of students would be affected by the re-introduction of tertiary fees.

(2) Have there been other studies conducted over the last few years which estimate such affected students to be as high as 60 to 70 percent.

(3) Would the re-introduction of tertiary fees greatly disadvantage those women who are self-supporting and possibly single parents, a category which is an ever-increasing percentage of the mature-age student intake.

Senator Walsh —The answer to the honour- able senator's question is as follows:

(1) and (2) There have been various studies and surveys of possible effects of the re-introduction of tertiary tuition fees. These studies and surveys have used a wide range of methodologies, and have been based on different assumptions about the details of any possible fees schemes.

Consequently, the enrolment consequences of any specific fees scheme can not be reliably predicted from the findings of these studies and surveys.

(3) The impact on any group of any fees scheme would depend, among other things, on the details of that particular scheme. Accordingly, it is not possible to provide a sound answer to this generalized question.