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Wednesday, 12 April 1972
Page: 996

Senator LITTLE (VICTORIA) - My question is addressed to the Minister representing the Minister for Education and Science. Has the attention of the Minister been drawn to a Press release by the Press officer of La Trobe University, Mr Robert Seagrave, that most of the campus flats were occupied by unmarried couples, that one must be realistic and that there are some married couples in the flats but they are in the minority? Mr Seagrave said that he believed a similar situation would arise next April when a $3m housing project got under way. Will the Minister inform the Senate whether the $3m provided for this purpose will be loaned from university funds to a non-profit company managed by representatives of various university authorities and students? What terms of repayment are usual for such moneys; or are the buildings retained by the university and are only current expenses met by the company? Does the Federal Government approve of portion of the education grant to the State of Victoria being used to provide a building for the purpose outlined by Mr Seagrave?

Senator WRIGHT (TASMANIA) (Minister for Works) - 1 have seen quite a deal of reference to this matter, particularly in the form of a reported statement by the honourable senator himself, followed by a statement by the Minister of Education in Victoria and some statements from some officers of the university. At this juncture I will not even attempt to state any facts in regard to the matter. I ask the honourable senator to put the question on the notice paper and I will seek early consideration of it. That is also my attitude with regard to the particulars of the loan to which the honourable senator referred, as to which I have no precise information which would be of any value to the honourable senator and which I can give him today.

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