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Wednesday, 16 March 1966

Mr Webb b asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Has he received a request from the Western Australian Federation of Parents and Citizens Associations asking the Federal Government to establish a commission of inquiry into Australia's primary and secondary education needs?

2.   If so, what action is intended?

Mr Harold Holt - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows -

1.   Yes.

2.   The Federation was told that inquiries of this kind are matters for each State. The States are competent to make their own inquiries and to attempt to meet their needs in accordance with their constitutional responsibility. The report " Some Needs of Education in Australia ", to which the Federation referred, is an example of precisely such an exercise carried out by the States.

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