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Monday, 12 November 1973
Page: 3168

Mr MALCOLM FRASER (WANNON, VICTORIA) asked the Minister for Education, upon notice:

Will he provide the following information on the administration of emergency grants to students: (a) the total amount provided by way of each grant, loan, or by any other means, (b) the number of students assisted by way of grant, loan, or by any other means, (c) the number of applications for assistance received, and the number rejected, (d) the academic progress of students assisted by way of grant, loan, or by any other means, (e) the average interest rates, if any, charged upon any loans made during the reporting period, (f) the amount of repayments due under the conditions of any loan, and the amount of repayments actually made during the reporting period and (g) the sufficiency of any grant made to the university for providing assistance to students in need.

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

(1)   The States Grants (Universities) Act 1973 and the States Grants (Advanced Education) Act 1973, which were recently passed by the Parliament, make provision for the allocation of unmatched Common wealth funds to the States to be used as loans and grants to needy students in universities and colleges of advanced education. The legislation requires that annual reports are to be provided by universities to the Australian Universities Commission, and by the States, on behalf of colleges of advanced education, to the Australian Commission on Advanced Education. These reports will give statistics and information on the distribution and use of the funds provided under the legislation. It is intended that the kind of information sought by the honourable member will be covered by these reports, and he will be provided with the information once the reports are available. (b), (c), (d),(e), (f) and (g) - See my answer to (a) above.

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