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Thursday, 4 May 1989
Page: 1777

Senator REID(12.37) —Senator Macklin has referred to external students to some significant extent. I want to raise the question of blind students in part under this section and, more particularly perhaps, under section 5, blank tapes. Blind students certainly need most of their resources on tape so that they can listen to them in the form that has just been referred to. More particularly, I raise the question of blank tapes so that material can be read on to tapes for them. I have in mind a particular student that I have dealings with and speak to. Her family is spending vast sums of money on having material translated into braille and read on to tapes. Her family has to purchase the tapes and also has to pay somebody to do the reading if they are not able to do the reading themselves. There was some mention earlier of the Blind Society of Australia or institutions. My particular concern is for the parents purchasing tapes for blind students.