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Tuesday, 27 November 1973
Page: 3932

The CHAIRMAN (Mr Scholes (CORIO, VICTORIA) - Is leave granted? There being no objection, leave is granted. (The document read as follows) -

Prime Minister,

Canberra 13 December 1972

Dear Mr Dixon,

I write to inform you that I have set up an Interim Committee for the Australian Schools Commission and I attach a copy of the list of members of the Committee and of its Terms of Reference.

The Interim Committee is being asked to bring forward recommendations for additional Commonwealth expenditure over the years 1974 and 197S and to do so in time for the Government to consider those recommendations in its preparation of the 1973-74 Budget.

The Interim Committee will begin work immediately and I expect the Chairman or the Secretariat to be in touch with you and with other school authorities shortly.

It is the Government's intention that existing Commonwealth programmes for specific purpose grants for the benefit of schools will run their course. Sir Ivan Dougherty's Committee will be able to proceed with its task in respect of grants available for 1973-74, but we will need to review the arrangements for allocating the capital grants which are available under that program for the following four years.

Per capita grants to non-government schools for the year 1973 will be paid at the rates already approved for 1973 under the provisions of that Act, Le. $62 per primary pupil and $104 per secondary pupil. Commencing in 1974 additional Commonwealth contributions towards the running costs of nongovernment schools will be determined on the basis of relative need as assessed by the Interim Committee and subsequently by the Australian Schools Commission.

Yours sincerely,


Mr J.Dixon, Chairman,

National Council of Independent Schools, P.O. Box 633, Geelong, Victoria 3220

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