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Wednesday, 27 November 1974
Page: 2831

Senator MELZER (VICTORIA) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Education. I ask: Has his attention been drawn to the report in today's Melbourne 'Age' that the Gippsland Institute of Advanced Education at Churchill in Victoria will offer 75 places in a course for a diploma of teaching and a bachelor degree in education in 1975? As there is no oncampus accommodation at the Gippsland Institute at the moment, there will be none when the 1 975 education year opens, there will be accommodation for only 36 by the end of May, and as there is very little accommodation in the surrounding communities, yet there will be 629 full time students there before these additional students are taken on, will the Minister confer with the Minister for Housing and Construction to do what the Victorian Government is not prepared to do, that is, to ensure that some emergency measures are taken to provide housing so that students will not have to abandon studentships?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - I saw the article to which the honourable senator has now drawn my attention. In the time that was available to me prior to coming into the chamber I sought to make contact with my colleague the Minister for Education in another place about the article and to obtain his view on it. Unfortunately I was unable to do so. The Minister for Education and I will be joining a conference of State Ministers for Education on Friday to discuss generally the question of educational broadcasting throughout Australia. I certainly shall draw the matter to the attention of the Minister for Education and ask him to have discussions with the Minister for Housing and Construction and, if necessary, the Victorian Minister for Education.

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