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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3171


Dr Klugman asked the Minister for Education, upon notice, on 1 May 1980:

(1)   Did the University of Tasmania propose before October 1978 the establishment of a special centre for the study of marine and Antarctic sciences.

(2)   Has the Government made a decision on the proposal; if not, (a) why not and (b) is a decision anticipated in the near future.


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

(1)   Yes- the proposal by the University of Tasmania to establish a Marine and Antarctic Studies Centre was one of a number of proposals for expanded or new specialist courses in Tasmania submitted by the Tasmanian Government to the Tertiary Education Commission early in 1978, following the Government's consideration of the Callaghan Report (Inquiry into the Structure of Industry and the Employment Situation in Tasmania).

(2)   (a) and (b) Following receipt of advice from the Tertiary Education Commission, the Government decided to seek the views of the Antarctic Research Policy Advisory Committee (ARPAC) and of the Australian Marine Sciences and Technologies Advisory Committee (AMSTAC) on the proposal. The advice of these two advisory bodies has now been received, and in the light of their views the proposal is currently being re-examined by the Tertiary Education Commission. The proposal will then be further considered by the Government in the context also of its Tasmania policy.







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