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Thursday, 19 November 1959

Mr REYNOLDS (BARTON, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Last Thursday, the Prime Minister, in reply to a question by the honorable member for Kingston, said that 100 speeches would not alter his attitude to pleas for specific Federal assistance to education. I ask the Prime Minister whether he questions the sincerity or sense of responsibility of nation-wide representatives of parents and citizens' organizations, mothers' clubs, and teacher organizations, and of eminent individual educationists and State Ministers of Education of all political faiths, when they urge that the state of education in Australia to-day, compared with that in other modern countries, demands urgent and extraordinary provision, well beyond the scope of normal State budgetary capacity. If the Minister accepts these widespread appeals as being genuine and responsible, how does he reconcile his own adamant attitude of rejection with his professed respect for the democratic will of the people?

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