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Thursday, 31 May 1973
Page: 3068

Mr Garland asked the Minister for External Territories, upon notice:

(1)   How many (a) indigenous men, (b) expatriate men, (c) indigenous women and (d) expatriate women are (i) sponsored by his Department at each tertiary institution in Papua New Guinea and (ii) assisted to attend tertiary institutions in Australia.

(2)   What is the nature and cost of the sponsorship and assistance respectively (Hansard, 3 May 1971, page 2419).

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

(1)   (i) The Department of External Territories does not sponsor persons to attend tertiary institutions in Papua New Guinea.

(ii)   In the 1973 academic year there are (a) 11 indigenous males and (c) 4 indigenous females undertaking formal tertiary level training courses in Australia. These people are assisted to attend tertiary institutions in Australia through the Commonwealth Practical Training Scheme, which is funded from the budget appropriations of the Department of External

Territories. No expatriates are assisted under this scheme.

(2)   The Commonwealth Practical Training Scheme was established by the Australian Government in March 1970 to enable Papua New Guinean men and women to develop their skills and so advance more rapidly to positions of greater responsibility. The scheme is conducted under the same conditions as apply to Australia's other international training schemes, such as the Colombo Plan. Training may be approved for any occupation for which there are no training facilities available in Papua New Guinea, or for which the training can be better provided in Australia.

The cost of assisting the fifteen indigenous students studying at tertiary level under the Commonwealth Practical Training Scheme in 1973 is $52,012.

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