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Tuesday, 19 May 1970


Mr Barnard asked the Minister for the Army the following question, upon notice:

(1)   What allowance is paid to troops going to Vietnam for the purchase of tropical civilian clothing.

(2)   When was the allowance last increased.


Mr Peacock (KOOYONG, VICTORIA) (Minister Assisting the Prime Minister) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(0 $40.

(2)   There has been no increase in the allowance since the entry of the Australian Army Training Team to Vietnam. The allowance is aligned with Public Service Board allowances and is paid to all single or married unaccompanied members who are posted overseas and live in Service accommodation.

Education: Aid to Non-Government Schools (Question No. 99) Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for Education and Science, upon notice:

(1)   Has his attention been drawn to a survey of aid to non-government schools carried out by the Professor of Education at Monash University, Professor P. J. Fensham.

(2)   Does Professor Fensham's survey show that each student at 'prestige' free-paying secondary schools receives from governments subsidies averaging $297 a year and in some cases exceeding $346 a year.

(3)   Can he say in the light of information available to him whether Professor Fensham': figures arc correct.


Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) en - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(I)   (2) (3) My attention has been drawn to certain newspaper reports of a survey conducted by Professor Fensham which mention the figures quoted by the honourable member. From the details available in these newspaper reports, I have reservations whether these figures provide a meaningful indication of the amount of government assistance received by non-government schools. However, I am not prepared to comment in detail until I see the full text of Professor Fensham. report which, I understand, has not yet been published.

Education: Ministerial Meetings (Question No, 92)


Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for Education and Science, upon notice:

What requests or suggestions were made at the meetings of the Directors-General of Education in Melbourne in November and of the Ministers of Education in Melbourne in November and of the Ministers of Education in Perth in February for legislative or administrative action by (a) the Commonwealth, (b) the Territories and (c) the States.


Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) en - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a)   (b) (c). I think that the November meeting referred to in the honourable member's question was a meeting held in Melbourne on 17th November 1969 to discuss educational television. The meeting was convened by my colleague, the Postmaster-General, and attended by the State Ministers for Education and myself. The State Directors-General of Education and representatives of the various Government authorities concerned with educational television in Australia were also present. The meeting recommended that a special committee comprising Commonwealth and State representatives should be established to study recent technical development in the field of educational television and report to another meeting of Federal and State Ministers. At the meeting the State Education Ministers requested that additional finance should be made available to the A.B.C. to expand its activities in the educational television area. The meeting, which was a meeting of the Australian Education Council comprising the State Ministers for Education, took place on February 23 and 24. I attended this meeting on part of the second day and following consideration of the preliminary reports of the nation-wide survey of educational needs which is being sponsored by the Council, it was agreed that a joint Commonwealth/State Working Party be set up 10 co-ordinate the reports of the various Stale surveys for submission to a special meeting of State Ministers and the Commonwealth Minister to be held in late May 1970. The State Ministers did indicate that they would seek special financial assistance from the Commonwealth in the financial year 1970-71. Several other matters were discussed during the meeting, but they were not the subject of an announcement







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