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Tuesday, 26 March 1968

Mr Malcolm Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) - Last week, the honorable member for Moreton also showed an interest in this matter and asked me a question related to it. I am not sure that I can add much to the answer that I then gave him. I have been in touch with the Australian Universities Commission and I have ascertained that it has no information that would confirm a report that general quotas are to be introduced at the University of Queensland or that it would be necessary to introduce general quotas there. Now that the statement has been made I am quite sure that this is something to which it will be devoting attention. I would again like to draw the attention of the House to the fact that the University of Queensland and, particularly the University of Townsville are having quite substantially increased grants made available to them in this triennium as compared to the last triennium, and also that tertiary education opportunities in Queensland, as in other States, are broadening and widening as a result of the Commonwealth's intervention in the technical college field.

These colleges are being expanded to colleges of advanced education. Commonwealth support is available in Queensland to colleges of advanced education at Brisbane, Toowoomba and Rockhampton, and to the Queensland Agricultural College. This all adds to the educational opportunities at a tertiary level in that State. It is correct that the Commonwealth matched the maximum grants that the Queensland Government was prepared to make available both in the field of university education and for advanced colleges. We assessed how far the Queensland Government was prepared to go in working out the funds to be made available in this triennium and the Commonwealth matched within the formulae the maximum funds that the Queensland Government was prepared to provide. Clearly the Commission will be looking quite closely al these matters during its investigation this year. It is expected that the establishment of the Griffith University College, on which some initial work has been undertaken during this triennium, will be a major recommendation for the next triennium, which will be 1970- 1972.

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