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Tuesday, 27 November 1973
Page: 2125

The PRESIDENT -Is leave granted? There being no objection, leave is granted. (The speech read as follows)-

The purpose of this Bill is to amend the States Grants (Advanced Education) Act 1969-1972 which provides for the 1970-72 triennium. The Bill provides for certain minor variations to projects listed in the Second Schedule to that Act. This Bill will finalise arrangements for that triennium and will amend the principal Act by expressing accurately how the expenditure in the Second Schedule was allocated. In the closing stages of the 1970-72 triennium submissions were received from New South Wales and Victoria seeking the inclusion of three new projects in the Second Schedule to the Act. Two of these proposals were approved by the previous Minister for Education and Science and one by the present Minister for Education (Mr Beazley). Confirmation of details for one of the projects concerned has only recently been received.

The new projects, which will be funded by the transfer of grants previously allocated, are specified in clause 3, paragraphs (a), (e) and (f), for the New South Wales Advanced Education

Board, Prahran College of Technology and the Emily McPherson College respectively. The other previously listed projects which are specified are those from which the funds are to be withdrawn or other projects which were the subject of funds transfers within the triennium. I would mention for the benefit of honourable senators that, under the terms of the Act, any grant made by the Australian Government in respect of a project listed in the Second Schedule, but not completed by 31 December 1972, is a grant made conditionally upon the State concerned having advanced its share of the cost of that project before the end of the triennium. I commend the Bill to the Senate.

Debate (on motion by Senator Rae) adjourned.

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