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Monday, 27 September 1993
Page: 1144

Senator BELL —My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Schools, Vocational Education and Training. Presuming the minister has noted the recent Sydney University research which shows that 82 per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders would fail at least one unit of their degree course, and given the link which the United Nations has identified between education for women and girls and their equality in society and also the suggestion that women are five times less likely than men to repay their HECS debt by the age of 30, what specific changes will the government make in higher education to demonstrate its real commitment to access and equity in higher education?

Senator ROBERT RAY —I have not read that research that Senator Bell refers to. I will pass his question on to the minister for a full response.