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Wednesday, 31 May 1972
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Mr Kennedy asked the Minister for Education and Science, upon notice:

(1)   In which (a) colleges of advanced education and (b) universities have correspondence courses been provided since 1960.

(2)   What were the (a) numbers and (b) names of the courses offered in each institution in each year since 1960.

(3)   How many students were enrolled in (a) each course and (b) all courses at (i) each institution and (ii) all institutions in (A) each State and Territory and (B) the Commonwealth in each year since 1960.

Mr Malcolm Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Colleges of advanced education

(1)   (a) (2) and (3). The question was referred to the Commonwealth Statistician and he has supplied the following information.

The Statistician collects statistics of advanced level courses in which students were enrolled in colleges of advanced education. Data for individual colleges of advanced education are not available. Statistics have been provided by State for the only years for which complete data are at present available, being 1969 and 1970.

For the purposes of these statistics, colleges of advanced education are institutions listed in the appropriate States Grants (Advanced Education) Act as colleges of advanced education, together with the Canberra College of Advanced Education. Statistics for 1969 relate only to courses which are approved under .the appropriate Act for the purpose of financial assistance, while for 1970 the statistics relate also to other courses which are considered to be of equivalent standard. There were no correspondence enrolments in either year in colleges of advanced education in New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory, nor in Queensland in 1969.



In Victoria in 1970, two separate colleges of advanced education had correspondence students enrolled for applied chemistry. Correspondence enrolments in other courses were at one institution for each course in each State.


(1)   (b). The University of New England, the University of Queensland and Macquarie University conduct courses for significant numbers of external students on a regular basis. A number of other universities provides external courses for undergraduate students on a smaller scale. In addition, some other universities have accepted relatively small numbers of higher degree students on an external basis.

(2)   and (3). The information in the table below has been compiled on the basis of information provided by the Acting Commonwealth Statistician who has indicated that, for the purpose of answering the Honourable Member's question, correspondence students at universities have been regarded as those enrolled as external part-time students. These are students for whom special arrangements are made because they live too far away to attend scheduled lectures and tutorials regularly or who cannot attend or cannot reasonably be expected to attend a local university. Comparable data are not available for 1960.

The table below sets out the total enrolment of university correspondence students by States for the years 1961-71. Schedules, giving details of correspondence enrolments by faculty, by degree or non-degree course, by graduate and undergraduate study and by university for each of the required years, were made available by the Acting Commonwealth Statistician and these will be forwarded to the Honourable Member immediately.


Oil Slick Absorbent (Question No. 5066)

Dr Everingham asked the Minister for

Shipping and Transport, upon notice:

(1)   Has his attention been drawn to a report in the Sunday Australian of 6th February 1972 that (a)Gamlen and Correxit, believed to have been donated by oil companies to the Queensland Government for oil slick dispersal, are toxic to coral at one part per SO million in sea water and to other marine life at one part per 10 million.

(b)   Tankers using Torres Strait to save weeks of sailing time miss obstructions by inches.

(2)   If so, will he raise these matters with the Queensland Government and investigate the effectiveness of vermiculite as an oil slick absorbent.

Mr Nixon - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   (a) The Queensland Government have given assurance that no dispersant material named Gamlen and Correxit or any other name has been donated by the oil companies to the Queensland Government.

(b)   The Queensland and Torres Strait Pilot Service emphatically deny that any ves sels seeking their advice, which are the majority transitting Torres Strait, miss obstructions by inches.

(2)   The effectiveness of vermiculite as an oil slick absorbent will be considered, along with all other methods of combating oil pollution; when the materials and equipment to be stockpiled under the National Plan is examined.

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