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Tuesday, 22 April 1980
Page: 1626

Senator ARCHER (TASMANIA) - The Minister representing the Minister for Education may recall making a visit to the Launceston Student Workshop last year in his capacity as Minister for Education. To enable further advanced planning of this excellent project, can he advise whether or not a renewal of funding has yet been approved? If so, how much, and for what period? If not, when can we expect an announcement?

Senator CARRICK -I well recall Senator Archer inviting me to look at the student workshop in Launceston. I think it is one of the most imaginative and effective undertakings that I have seen in terms of student training. As I understand the position, it was originally funded under the Schools Commission special projects innovations program in 1978 on a grant of some $128,000. That was approved for a two-year period. The project is concerned with an alternative form of education for secondary students in the 14 to 16 age group. Students who are not coping in normal secondary schools are selected to have work experience. The aim of the project is to use work experience to bridge the gap between school and work force.

As to the funding for the future, I do not have the fullest of details. 1 understand that there are discussions with the Tasmanian authorities. Generally the innovation funding from the Schools Commission starts a project going and then the State governments take over. I will seek to learn the progress and let Senator Archer know.

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