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Tuesday, 8 October 1996
Page: 3650

Senator STOTT DESPOJA —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate—

(a)   notes, with concern:

   (i)   that the number of university applications for the 1997 academic year has fallen dramatically in New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory,

   (ii)   that a drop of 8.25 per cent, or 4 602, in the number of first-round applications has been recorded in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, and

   (iii)   there has been a 14.7 per cent drop in the number of applications from mature-aged students in Victoria; and

(b)   condemns the Government's proposal to increase Higher Education Contribution Scheme charges, which has significantly discouraged many potential and current students from further study.