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Thursday, 29 October 1970

Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Education and Science, upon notice:

(1)   When will Wollongong University College be granted autonomy.

(2)   What funds will have been made available for expenditure on capital works prior to the date autonomy will take effect.

(3)   Does the College have any unfilled staff places; if so, what are the details.

(4)   Does the College have residential facilities; if so, what are the details.

(5)   Can he say whether any universities or university colleges in Australia have library facilities of a poorer standard than those at the Wollongong University College; if so, which.

Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The New South Wales Minister for Education, the Hon. C. B. Cutler, has advised me that Wollongong University College will be granted autonomy as from 1st January 1975.

(2)   Grants totalling $3,252,000 of which half will have been provided by the Commonwealth have been made available for expenditure on capital works at the Wollongong University College up to and including the 1970-72 triennium. The Commonwealth will consider any request for additional capital funds that may be required to enable the College to operate as an autonomous university from 1st January 1975.

(3)   I have been advised that there are no unfilled vacancies for academic or administrative staff. Two unfilled places exist for library staff, a librarian and a library assistant.

(4)   There are no residential facilities at present. A Commonwealth grant has been made available in the 1970-72 triennium to meet half the cost of establishing ah affiliated residential college at an estimated total cost of $540,000. The College will be administered by the Young Men's Christian Association. The grant for this project is additional to the sum shown in the answer to part (2) of this question.

(5)   The Commonwealth has recognised the need for a new library building at the College and has provided a grant in the 1970-72 triennium to meet half the cost of the first stage of such a building. The first stage will provide additional reader and book space and is estimated to cost $350,000.

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