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Tuesday, 4 May 1920

Mr POYNTON (GREY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Home and Territories) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow : -

1.   No, but dissatisfaction has been expressed because certain trainees were not permitted to undergo training at private institutions.

2.   Two hundred and eighty-six applicants were granted courses at the Melbourne Technical School, and 06 have commenced. The remainder declined to accept the assistance as they desired to train at private institutions.

3.   These appointments are made by the State Minister for Education on the advice of his responsible officers, and I understand the appointees do not require to register. The instructors connected with the Accountancy Class hold very high credentials, and comprise two University graduates and three Associates of the Institute of Commonwealth Accountants.

4.   The courses are identical, but the Melbourne Technical School purchased the right to use such courses in Victoria pending the writing of its own courses, completion of which is anticipated in the early future. The Melbourne Technical School does not charge more than the International Correspondence Schools for the same course, but, on the contrary, less.

5.   No. The charges are identical where the applicants attend a class, but where a correspondence course is taken returned soldier students obtain the same for £5 14s. less than that charged other students.

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