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Tuesday, 28 September 1971
Page: 1605

Mr Reynolds (BARTON, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Education and Science, upon notice:

(1)   Does the Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics' 'publication University Statistics 1970 Part 1, on page 37, footnote (a) state, inter alia, that the University of Newcastle now waives all fees for teacher trainees and is reimbursed from recurrent grants: the source of these students is now shown as University instead of State Governments.

(2)   What was the basis of this change in financial arrangements.

(3)   What are the implications of the change.

(4)   Are any similar arrangements being considered for teacher trainees attending other universities.

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

(1)   Yes.

(2)   and (3) There has not in fact been, a change in financial arrangements. All universities in New South Wales provide fee remissions for teacher trainees sponsored by the State Government. In the formula used to finance university recurrent expenditure, the Commonwealth provides $1 for every $1.85 available in the form of State grants plus fees. Consequently, if universities remit fees to State sponsored students, the State grant is higher by the amount of the remitted fees. This arrangement, which is purely a matter between the State Government and the universities, has existed for a number of years.

(4)   Arrangements in. other State's differ. In some cases, universities provide only partial fee remissions. The net cost to the State' Governments is unaffected. "' ' ' ' '

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