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Thursday, 12 November 1959


Mr Reynolds s asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Has the Australian Council, of Educational

Research, performed outstanding, work, in regard to educational research, since, its establishment in 1930?

2.   Is this body, an independent organization supported by leading educationists from all. States?

3.   Did the Director, Dr. Radford, state in the last annual report that the organization was impeded in important educational research because, of shortage of funds?

4.   In view of the urgent need for educational research, will the Government, consider increasing substantially the present federal subsidy of. £7,500- which is granted to this organization?


Mr Menzies - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   The Australian Council' for Educational

Research has performed valuable: educational research work since its establishment in 1930.

2.   Yes. The council consists of a representative of each of the State Institutes for Educational' Research.' and-, three other members co-opted by the? Council. 3;. Tine Director, Dr: Radford, said' in the- 195.7r5.8i report; " There- is much that could be- done, given- finance and- staff; that we- cannot! undertake at present".

4.   The federal subsidy is provided on a matching basis with grants from the States. The level of the grant was reviewed recently and the amount of £7,500 per annum confirmed for the next three years.







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