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Tuesday, 29 August 1972
Page: 465

Senator RAE (TASMANIA) - 1 direct a question to the Minister representing the Minister for Education and Science. Recently the proposals for the Commonwealth's participation in providing funds for Australian universities and colleges of advanced education for the next triennium were announced. Can the Minister inform the Senate as to the extent to which these proposals have met, firstly, the recommendations of the Australian

Universities Commission and the Australian Commission on Advanced Education and, secondly, the requests of the universities and colleges themselves?

Senator WRIGHT - The honourable senator will be reminded that the 2 commissions referred to were set up to recommend to the Government the appropriations required for universities in the one case and colleges of advanced education in the other case, lt is my belief, without being able to verify the matter in answer to a question without notice today, that the appropriations which the Government has made comply in full with the recommendations of each commission. The appropriation that has been made to State universities - 1 exclude the Australian National University - has risen from about $90m to $95m this year. In the case of colleges of advanced education, the amount has risen from about $34m to about $45m this year. With regard to the second part of the question as to the extent to which the reports complied in full with all submissions made by the colleges and the universities, 1 would nol attempt to give an indication of that for this reason: The whole function of each commission which extends over the interval between triennial reports is to resolve the competing requirements of each university and college and accord the priorities which the commissions think should be given. I am not sure whether the commissions have ever made known the extent to which submissions of individual universities and colleges have been qualified or reduced. But if on examination of the reports and the publications of the commissions it appears that there is any further information that should be given. I should be pleased to give that information to the honourable senator.

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