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Tuesday, 9 October 1973
Page: 1809

Mr Scholes asked the Minister for Education, upon notice:

(1)   On what occasions has the Australian Universities Commission asked the Victorian Government for details of Victoria's proposed country university.

(2)   When did the Australian Government first indicate that it was prepared to consider the Victorian Government's proposals.

(3)   When were detailed submissions made to the Australian Universities Commission by the Victorian Government.

Mr Beazley (FREMANTLE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Education) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: (1), (2) and (3) On 10 August 1972, the then Minister for Education and Science, the Hon. Malcolm Fraser, wrote to the Victorian Minister of Education, the Hon. L. H. S. Thompson, advising that the Victorian Government proposal for the establishment of a fourth university in that State would need to be considered by the Australian Universities Commission which advises the Australian Government on proposals for new universities. Mr Fraser also advised Mr Thompson that the Chairman of the Australian Universities Commission would be getting in touch with him to arrange a meeting to discuss the matter. Subsequently, on 13 October 1972, a meeting was held between the Commission and the Victorian Minister of Education who was accompanied by representatives of the Victorian Education Department. At this meeting it was agreed that the Victorian Government would provide the Commission, as soon as possible, with a detailed submission concerning the proposed fourth university. On 5 February 1973. 8 March 1973. and 7 June 1973, the Chairman of the Commission wrote to the Victorian Minister oi Education asking for detailed information on this proposal. However, it was not until 31 July 1973 that the Commission received a detailed submission from the Victorian Government.

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