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Tuesday, 27 November 1973
Page: 3975

Mr Staley asked the Minister for Education, upon notice:

(1)   Has an inter-departmental committee been appointed by the Australian Government to work out the details of abolition of tertiary fees and the Commonwealth takeover of tertiary education.

(2)   If so, (a) when was it established, (b) what are its exact terms of reference, (c) who are its members, (d) when is it expected to report to him and

Mr Lionel Bowen (KINGSFORD-SMITH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) No. A working party was set up early this year, consisting of officers of the Department of Education, Treasury, the Australian Universities Commission, and the Australian Commission on Advanced Education, to assemble and collate relevant information on enrolments, fee revenue and general funding arrangements for universities, colleges of advanced education and teachers colleges. This information was used at a meeting between Treasury officials from the six States and Australian Government representatives held at Canberra on 11 May 1973 and subsequently at the Premiers' Conference on 28-29 June 1973.

As no inter-departmental committee was established, no formal terms of reference exist and no report on its activities is required.

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