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Wednesday, 7 December 1938

Mr Casey y. - On Friday, the 2nd December, the honorable member for Boothby (Mr. Price) asked the following questions, upon notice: -

1.   How much money did the Government make available to the States for the purpose of technical training of youths ?

2.   Were the amounts allocated equally among the States in proportion to population ? 3.Did all the States use the full amount allocated for youth vocational training for the last financial year?

4.   If not, did the States refund to the Commonwealth Government the unused amounts?

5.   As regards the amounts allocated to the State of South Australia, what was the amount paid to South Australia; what amount did the South Australian Government add to the Commonwealth grant from its own State funds?

6.   Has he received reports from all the State governments as to how the grant was used?

7.   Is the Government satisfied that the State of South Australia did its part in the spending of the Commonwealth grant of £200,000?

I am now in a position to furnish the following particulars for the honorable member's information : -

1.   £200,000-in 1937-38.

2.   The allocation was based on a consideration of the population, and the estimated degree of unemployment of youths of 18-25 years of age in each State.

3.   No.

4.   No refund was made, the amounts being carried forward to the current financial year.

5.   In 1937-38 the Commonwealth paid to South Australia the sum of £19.000, and the State set aside a further amount of £15,000 for the same purpose.

6.   The general schemes outlined by the States were approved by the Commonwealth Government before advances were made.

7.   The Commonwealth Government has no reason to doubt that South Australia is satisfactorily carrying out its undertaking.

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