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Senator Missen, pursuant to notice, moved-That the Senate- (a) deplores the decision of the Victorian Government to close (and sell) 4 hostels which were used for the accommodation of more than 200 country students in the Melbourne metropolitan area;

(b) condemns the failure of the Australian and Victorian Governments to accede to widespread complaints made by rural councils, student organisations and concerned parents against this decision which is a clear breach of ALP education policy; and

(c) urges the Australian Government to reach early agreement with the Victorian Government to provide for the continued financing of the hostels so that essential facilities exist for country students seeking to acquire tertiary education.

Debate ensued.

The Minister for Education and Youth Affairs (Senator Ryan) addressing the Chair

Pursuant to Sessional Order, consideration of Government Business was interrupted.