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Wednesday, 24 August 1960

Mr HASLUCK (CURTIN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Territories) - The idea that eventually there will be a university in Papua and New Guinea has often been in our minds, and in that sense it has been considered. The question has not been considered in the sense of any plans or arrangements being made for the setting up of a university. The reality of the situation in Papua and1 New Guinea is that by and large the educational effort is a post-war effort. We have established now a comprehensive enrolment of primary school students and we are just beginning to get our secondary school students. I should think that for a number of years secondary school students who qualify by matriculation for tertiary education would come to Australia, and that at some time in the future we would have enough locally educated matriculants to justify the establishment of a university in the Territory.

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