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Tuesday, 12 September 1972
Page: 686

Senator RAE (TASMANIA) - Is the Minister representing the Minister for Education and Science now in a position to state whether it is correct that the Government has accepted and is implementing in their entirety the recommendations of the Australian Universities Commission in relation to funds for Australian universities for the next 3- year period? I asked the Minister about this matter some days ago and now pursue it by asking a further question.

Senator WRIGHT - It is a fact that the report of the Australian Universities Commission has been accepted in its entirety by the Government. The associated report relating to colleges of advanced education has been accepted in the main with a few reservations, 2 of which come to mind. The first is that since the report was made the Western Australian authorities decided that they did not wish to have a vote of $42m. The vote was reduced bv the Commission, with the concurrence of the Western Australian authorities, to $40m. The second point that comes to mind is that the Commission recommended a reserve appropriation of $5m which was to be used for afterthoughts. That recommendation was refused.

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