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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 25

Mr N A Brown (DIAMOND VALLEY, VICTORIA) - Is the Minister for Education aware of the very great concern among students and teachers of the chiropractic department at the Preston Institute of Technology about the continued lack of Commonwealth Government funds for that course and, in particular, about the lack of eligibility of students of that course for allowances under the Tertiary Education Assistance Scheme? Why is it taking such an unconscionably long period for the Tertiary Education Commission to resolve what is basically a simple matter about this course? Why is it taking so long to recognise the course? Will the Minister do his best to cut through the red tape as quickly as possible and obtain the proper entitlements for these students and proper Commonwealth Government support for this very important course?

Mr FIFE (FARRER, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Education) - I have been trying to crack an answer to this question for some time. In view of the way the honourable member has presented his question this afternoon, let me say to him and to the House that the matter has not been before me for an inordinate period. The matter was raised with me only recently. I immediately took it up with the Tertiary Education Commission. This chiropractic course was started some years ago and has not been funded by the Commonwealth. The application for Commonwealth funding has been lodged only recently. The matter is being dealt with today by the Advanced Education Council, which is part of the Tertiary Education Commission. I understand that the matter will go to a meeting of the Tertiary Education Commission within the next few weeks. I hope then to be in a position to announce a decision.

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