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Wednesday, 1 November 1967

Mr Andrew Jones (ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I support this Bill which, as the honourable member for Yarra (Dr J. F. Cairns) has said, is really only an honouring of the

Government's obligations concerning the grants made prior to the last triennium, which ended on 31st December 1966. As the Minister representing the Minister for Education and Science (Dr Forbes) mentioned in his second reading speech, this Bill has two main purposes. The first purpose is to enable the Commonwealth Government to match privately raised subscriptions for the provision of residential accommodation at colleges of advanced education. I do not agree with the point put forward by the honourable member for Yarra when he said that he had reservations about studying part time in this sort of accommodation. However, this is only a matter of opinion.

The second purpose of the Bill is to enable adjustments to be made to the building programmes at various schools of mines and technology at the request of the States concerned. These adjustments are part of a necessary revision programme to meet new and changed circumstances. You may recall, Mr Deputy Speaker, that the Government announced that it was prepared to provide finance for residential accommodation at colleges of advanced education in much the same way as it does in the case of universities. Subject to certain conditions, the Commonwealth matches on a $1 for $1 basis the funds raised for this purpose at these private institutions.

Because of the position at the time, no machinery was written into the principal Act last year to make this form of assistance possible for these colleges. At that time the Government had not received any proposals in that triennium for privately raised subscriptions for the construction of residential accommodation. This Bill will enable the Government to match on a SI for $1 basis the funds raised privately for residential accommodation. Because of this provision, the Bill is more in the nature of a machinery measure than anything else. It is not the result of a major announcement of government policy. However it is encouraging to note that private individuals or organisations can be assured that funds raised for the provision of residential accommodation at colleges of advanced education - which should not be confused with the university colleges I mentioned before - will be matched equally by the Government. This is a further step forward in the provision of better educational facilities for' the benefit of the Australian public. I support the Bill without qualification.

Question resolved in the affirmative. Bill read a second time. Message from the Governor-General recommending appropriation announced.

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