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Tuesday, 15 May 1973
Page: 2160

Mr Scholes asked the Minister for Education, upon notice:

(1)   When was the proposal for a new university in Victoria first suggested.

(2)   What studies into the form of the new university were undertaken, and by whom.

(3)   What were the recommendations arising from these studies.

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

(1)   The establishment of a fourth university in Victoria has been contemplated for a number of years and at the time of the Victorian State elections in 1970 both the major parties announced their intention to establish a fourth university if elected.

(2)   When the present State Government was reelected in 1970 it established a committee to advise on the development of the fourth university.

(3)   The fourth university committee presented its final report to the State Minister of Education in January 1972. The committee recommended that the fourth university should be incorporated in 1972 and that its precise form and nature should be planned over the next two triennia, a comprehensive external studies program should be instituted together with regional centres for external studies in strategically located country towns and that an initial site for the campus should be acquired in the eastern region of the Melbourne metropolitan area with the possibility that a second site should be considered in a country area.

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