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Premier says Catholic University at home in the "smart state"

Opening the new Australian Catholic University (ACU) Banyo campus in Brisbane yesterday, Queensland Premier Peter Beattie commended the institution on its "progressive" approach to education.

"I want to commend the Australian Catholic University on its progressive approach to education, which is providing a model for the rest of the country to follow and shows why we are becoming the Smart State," he said.

Catholic Archbishop John Bathersby joined Mr Beattie and Dr Beattie in opening the campus at the old Banyo seminary, which had outgrown its former location.

ACU vice-chancellor Professor Peter Sheehan said the university - which also has campuses in Sydney, Canberra, Ballarat and Melbourne - had successfully created "a wonderful campus on an expansive space". The $34.5 million project received $6 million in state funding, with extra contributions from the Federal Government, ACU, the Catholic Bishops of Queensland and individual donors.

Mr Beattie's wife Heather is a lecturer in nurse education and the assistant head of school at the school of nursing at the university.

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Australian Catholic University
ACU'S New Campus Reflects Smart State Vision: Beattie (Premier's website)
Professor Peter Sheehan (text of Vice-Chancellor's speech)
Premier to open new ACU National campus in Brisbane (media release)

12 Mar 2003