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Thursday, 31 May 1973
Page: 3069


Mr Mathews asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

Will he bring up to date and express on a per capita basis the information provided by his predecessors on expenditure incurred by each State and Territory on pre-school education (Hansard, 24 September 1969, page 1922; 12 June 1970, page 3682; 20 August 1971, page 490; 10 May 1972, page 2284 and 11 May 1972, page 3444).


Mr Crean - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The Commonwealth Statistician has provided information of expenditure by State Governments from their own resources on pre-school education during the years 1970-71 and 1971-72, which is set out in Table 1 below. The figures for 1970-71 contain amendments to information provided previously in answer to a question asked by Mr Whitlam (Hansard 31 May 1972, page 3444).

In addition to the amounts spent by State Governments from their own resources on pre-school education, State Governments spend grants made available by the Australian Government under the States Grants (Pre-school Teachers Colleges) Act 1968. Details of these amounts, again provided by the Statistician, are set out in Table 2.

Details of expenditure on pre-schoolsin the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory, also provided by the Statistician, are given in Table 3.

The honourable member's attention is drawn to the comments on the figures which accompanied the answer given to Mr Whitlam on this subject by my predecessor (Hansard, 12 June 1970, page 3682).

 

(a)   Pre-school education is defined, for this purpose, to exclude day nurseries and child minding centres, but to include play centres.

(b)   Local authorities in Victoria also support pre-school centres. Estimated expenditure in 1971-72 was $1.5 million.

(c)   Excludes expenditure on training of pre-school teachers at Hobart Teachers College, for which separate figures are not available.

 

Australian Capital Territory: Student Accommodation (Question No. 445)


Mr Hunt asked the Minister for the Capital

Territory, upon notice:

Will he report on the progress of discussions, between the relevant Departments, which were initiated in 1972 with a view to providing low cost accommodation for students in the Australian Capital Territory.


Mr Enderby - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Following an approach to the honourable member, in his capacity at that time of Minister for the Interior, in connection with the possible use of Reid House for low cost accommodation for students and other low income tenants, an interdepartmental meeting was held in May 1972. The meeting did not find that there was evidence of a substantial unsatisfied demand for student accommodation in the Australian Capital Territory at that time. Since then there has been no further interdepartmental meeting.

Foreign Take-overs of Australian Companies (Question No. 498)


Mr Garland asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

(1)   What were the names of the 101 companies which came to the notice of the Government in the course of the administration of the Companies (Foreign Take-overs) Act during the period 5 December 1972 to 31 March 1973.

(2)   What were the (a) names of the companies in the course of being taken over and (b) details of the take-over proposals in each case.

(3)   Which of these takeovers (a) hare been permitted to proceed, (b) have been prevented, (c) have been withdrawn before acceptance or refusal and (d) are still under consideration.

(4)   Where a proposal has been determined, what was the reason it was permitted, prevented or withdrawn in each case.


Mr Crean - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: (1), (2) and (3) It would not be appropriate to provide the names of the companies involved in all foreign takeover proposals coming to the Government's attention because in some cases confidential information is involved.

Information relating to the administration of the Companies (Foreign Take-overs) Act 1972 covering the period referred to by the honourable member is contained in my press statements of 23 February, 20 March and 6 April 1973 (Treasury press releases Nos 10, 15 and 21). These statements contain the names of companies in cases where confidentiality is not involved.

(4)   Under the Companies (Foreign Take-overs) Act 1972, action to prevent consummation of a particular takeover proposal is subject to the Government being satisfied that it would result in effective control of the 'target' company being transferred from Australian to overseas interests and that this would be contrary to the national interest. Accordingly, these are the bases on which individual takeover proposals are considered so far as the taking of action under the Act is concerned.







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