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Tuesday, 12 October 1971
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Mr Whitlam asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

Will he bring up to date the answer which his predecessor gave on 15th September 1970 (Hansard, page 1158) on taxation in Australia, Britain, the United States of America and Canada.


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

The following tables bring up to date the answer supplied to the honourable member by the then Treasurer on 15lh September 1970 in relation to the number of taxpayers, income and income tax payable in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. No similar statistics for Canada later than the 1968 statistics supplied by the then Treasurer are yet available.

 

 

 

 

 

Department of Immigration: Population Study (Question No. 4238) Mr Uren asked the Minister for Immigration, upon notice:

(1)   What are the names of the personnel engaged in the population study which has been instigated by his Department.

(2)   What are the qualifications of the personnel.

(3)   Are there any ecologists or natural resources scientists involved in the study; if not, will he ensure that they are included as soon as possible.

(4)   When does he expect to receive their report.


Mr Lynch - The Acting Minister for Immigration has supplied the following answer to the honourable member's questions:

(1)   and (2) The population study 'Australia's Population and the Future' initiated by the Department of Immigration is being carried out at the Australian National University. The study is under the direction of Professor Borne, Director of the Research School of Social Sciences, a leading world authority on population problems and author of earlier studies on Australia's population structure and growth. The full-time staff will consist only of a small group, with not more than 2 Research Fellows and 2 Research Assistants. This group will be mainly concerned with the investigation of areas where the basic materials are inadequate. It is intended that experts from the many areas under investigation will be commissioned to prepare papers, and that the interrelationships will be explored in depth using seminar-type activities. The present staff consists of a Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dr C. Y. Choi, a Sociologist, B.A. (I.C.U. Tokyo), M.A. (Western Reserve), Ph. D. (A.N.U.); Research Assistants, Mr O. B. Di Iulio, B.Ec. (Monash), Mrs J. M. Davis, B.A., Dip. Ed. (Flinders); and Secretary Mrs P. C. Hayward.

(3)   The advisory committee to the study includes scientists holding professional appointments specialising in natural resources and in ecological studies. In addition, experts from disciplines in these areas will be commissioned to prepare material.

(4)   In view of the fundamental nature of the project and the requirement that much new work should be undertaken, it is not anticipated that a major report would be available before mid- 1974.

Universities: Post-graduate Students (Question No. 3643)


Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for Education and Science, upon notice:

Will he bring up to date the information which his predecessor gave on 23rd September 1970 (Hansard, page 1579) on post-graduate students.


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

(1)   The number of new students admitted to post-praduate studies and the total number of post-graduate students in 1970 and 1971 at Australian universities was:

 

These figures show the number of students enrolled in Masters and Ph.D. courses. Figures provided in respect of the 1970 enrolment year in answer to the honourable member's Question No. 1345 (Hansard of 23rd September 1970 at page 1579) were preliminary figures only and differed from those shown above. The figures for 1970 shown above are final figures as at 30th April 1970.

(2)   Actual expenditure on benefits for the Commonwealth Postgraduate Awards Scheme in 1970-71 and the estimated expenditure for 1971-72 are as follows:

 

(3)   Commonwealth Postgraduate Research Awards are given to assist students to undertake full time postgraduate research; this need not necessarily take the form of a course leading to a higher degree. The normal tenure is for two years in the case of a candidate for a Masters degree or three years for a Ph.D., although extensions into a fourth year may be granted in special cases. The research undertaken may extend beyond these periods. Award holders who do not submit a thesis or obtain a postgraduate degree during the maximum period of their award should not however be considered as failures as they may subsequently complete their research successfully. The figures which follow give an indication of the progress of students holding Research Awards between 1st July 1970 and 30th June 1971. The first Course Awards were made at the start of 1971. These are of one to two years in duration and the first intake will not complete tenure of their awards until 1971-72. Between 1st July 1970 and 30th June 1971 555 students completed tenure of a Commonwealth Postgraduate Research award. Of these: 125 had submitted their thesis before benefits under the award had expired; 239 had not submitted their thesis by the time the maximum duration of the award had expired; and 191 benefits were terminated before the full duration of the award had expired.

Of this last group, 34 relinquished their Commonwealth award in order to continue their studies with assistance from other awards; 8 awards were terminated following the receipt of a report of unsatisfactory progress from the university; and the awards of the remaining 149 were terminated for other reasons, in most cases because the student entered employment.

No systematic record is maintained of the progress of students after the expiry of termination of their Commonwealth Postgraduate award. Hence it is not possible to say bow many have continued their studies and submitted a thesis. However it is known that at least 51 out of the last-mentioned 149 have continued studies towards a degree.

(4)   The numbers of men and women who at 30th June 1971 were in receipt of benefits under the Commonwealth Postgraduate Award Scheme were as follows:

 

(5)   The answer to this part of the honourable member's question was provided in answer to bis Question No. 2423 at page 2407 of Hansard of 3rd May 1971.

Colleges of Advanced Education (Question No. 3645)


Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for

Education and Science, upon notice:

Will he bring up to date the information which his predecessor gave on 25th September 1970 (Hansard, page 1749) on colleges of advanced education.


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

(1)   The Bureau of Census and Statistics collects information on tertiary enrolments only in colleges of advanced education. Information supplied to the Commonwealth Advisory Committee on Advanced Education by colleges and college authorities gives a provisional total of 45,400 tertiary enrolments in advanced level courses at colleges of advanced education in 1971. This provisional figure was sought on the same basis as the official statistics of 37,794 tertiary enrolments in advanced level courses in 1970 as published by the Acting Commonwealth Statistician.

In past years the answer given in reply tothis question has included details of enrolments in sub-tertiary parts of advanced level courses. In 1971 these amount to approximately an additional 5,000 enrolments.

No preliminary information for new enrolments for 1971 is available at this stage. Official statistics of new enrolments will be published later bythe Commonwealth Statistician.

(2)   (a) The total number of students holding Commonwealth Advanced Education scholarships at 30th June 1971 is 5,866. All of these students are enrolled in courses entry to which normally follows completion of full secondary schooling. The colleges at which these courses are conducted include most of those named in the States Grants (Advanced Education) Act and also a number of other Colleges. The number of Commonwealth Advanced Education scholars at 30th June in colleges named in the Act is 4,852. This is 10.7 per cent of the total enrolment of 45,400 given in answer to part (1) of this question.

(3)   (a) The number of applications received for Commonwealth Advanced Education scholarships available in 1971 was 48,873. Most of these students also applied for other scholarships and awards.

(b)   The number of Commonwealth Advanced Education scholarships offered in 1971 was 8,870.

(c)   The number accepted was 2,840 of which 2,309 were for students entering first year. The acceptances represent 5.8 per cent of the total number of applicants, or 31.9 per cent of the students who received the offer of an award.

(4)   The following numbers of Commonwealth Advanced Education scholars are enrolled in the first approved year of their courses in 1971.- It should be noted that certain courses to which entry may be gained one year below matriculation level are, for purposes of the Commonwealth Advanced Education Scholarship Scheme, approved from the second year of the course. The statistics shown here include students who accepted awards in earlier years, deferred entry to their courses at the time and commenced training in 1971.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(5)   At 30th June 1971 there were (a) 4,630 holders of Commonwealth Advanced Education

Scholarships studying full-time and (b) 1,236 studying part-time at colleges of advanced education or at other approved institutions.

(6)   Under the Commonwealth Advanced Education Scholarship Scheme, living allowance is payable only to scholars in full-time study and is subject to a means test. For most scholars the rate of allowance is assessed on the basis of their parents' income. At 30th June 1971 the number of full-time Commonwealth Advanced Education scholars eligible to receive (a) part living allowance was 1,630 and (b) full living allowance was 739. In addition there were 234 scholars classified as 'independent' of whom the majority were receiving full living allowance.

(7)   The actual expenditure on benefits to students under the Commonwealth Advanced Education Scholarship Scheme for 1970-71 and the estimated expenditure for 1971-72 are: .

 

(8)   The number and percentage of Commonwealth Advanced Education scholars who failed in their courses in '1970 were:

 

(9)   The information is not available.

(10)   and (11) At the following colleges in the advanced education courses specified quotas were operative in 1971. The figures given relate to eligible applicants not offered a place in the course of their first preference in the first term/first semester at the college concerned. In some cases it has not been possible to say how many students have been excluded on a first preference basis.

 

 

 

Notes, Definitions -

(a)   Type of study: F/T = Full-time; P/T = Part-time; Ext = External; SW = Sandwich.

(b)   The eligibility of an applicant generally relates to his having achieved the prescribed minimum academic standard and having satisfied any further requirements such as interview or special examination.

(c)   The figures given relate to eligible applicants not offered a place in the course of their first preference in the first term/first semester at the college concerned. Students intending to undertake tertiary studies commonly submit applications for a number of courses and institutions, therefore:

Students shown as being excluded cannot, on this basis, be assumed to have been excluded from their course of first preference as their outright first preference may have been for another course at another institution; the figures given for exclusions are inflated since students not offered a place in particular courses may have been accommodated within other courses or institutions. Mitchell College of Advanced Education: Diploma - Teacher Education.

(d)   A large number of these students were enrolled and commenced studies at the College at the beginning of the second semester.

Other notes

(e)   Details of operative quotas are not available from the following colleges: New South Wales - National Art School; Victoria - Emily Mcpherson College of Domestic Economy, Footscray Institute of

Technology, Gordon Institute of Technology, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (part-time).

(f)   Intake quotas for some specialised courses may be based on the assessed need of the profession within the State for graduates, examples are - Diploma of Occupational Therapy - The Occupational Therapy School of Victoria; Diploma of Teaching (Art) - South Australian School of Art; Associateship in Occupational Therapy - Western Australian Institute of Technology; Diploma of Dental Nursing - Tasmanian College of Advanced Education.

(12)   The only college of advanced education which increased its teaching fees for full-time diploma-type' courses for 1971 was the Tasmanian College of Advanced Education. The increases were as follows:

This information was also given by my predecessor on 6 May 1971 (Hansard, page 2840) in response to Question No. 2425.

(13)   The information sought is not available.

(14)   As noted in my previous answer to part (13) the States, in respect of colleges of advanced education are not required to separate State grants and fees for the purposes of assistance under the States Grants (Advanced Education) Act 1967. Therefore the figures of fees received by such colleges and by other colleges hot in receipt of assistance are not available. However the following table shows for each State the amount paid by the Commonwealth for fees on behalf of Commonwealth Advanced Education scholarship holders in 1970.

 

(15)   The information sought is not available.







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