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Thursday, 9 December 1976
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Mr Hodges asked the Minister representing the Minister for Education, upon notice:

(   1 ) Has the Minister's attention been drawn to a report in the Age on 27 October 1976 concerning the claim by the General Secretary of the Australian Teachers' Federation that the membership of the committee to investigate Australia's education system was stacked to provide recommendations in accord with the Government 's point of view.

(2)   If so, what is the Minister's attitude to the statement.

(3)   Has there been any communication between the Minister and the Australian Teachers' Federation.


Mr Viner -The Minister for Education has provided the following reply to the honourable member's question:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   I reject the claim made in the statement. The membership of the Committee of Inquiry into Education and Training represents a balance of interests and experience between the various sectors of education and the labour market area. The members of the Committee are expected to consider the issues involved from a national standpoint.

(3)   Yes, I have agreed to meet with representatives of the Federation on a regular basis. At our last meeting on 2 1 September I suggested that the Federation should make a submission to the Committee of Inquiry into Education and Training.

Summary Measure of the Budget (Question No. 1585)


Mr Hurford asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

(1)   Does the ration of Budget outlays to gross domestic product, used as a summary measure of the Budget in Budget Statement No. 1 show either the contribution of Budget outlays to GDP or the impact of those outlays on the economy.

(2)   If not, what alternative measures would more effectively reveal these relationships.

(3)   What have these measures been in each of the last 5 years.


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

(   1 ) The ratio of Budget outlays to gross domestic product, to which reference is made m Statement No. 1, is not intended to show either the contribution of Budget outlays to GDP or the impact of those outlays on the economy. Rather it is one of several possible measures of the extent to which the Government, through the Budget, exercises command and influence over the disposition of the nation's goods and services. The figures show that the previous Government pre-empted a much larger proportion of the total than had been customary in the past; this increase had to be paid for of course and it was- by a combination of higher overall burdens of taxation and unprecedently high rates of inflation. The present Government is working towards reversing these trends.

(2)   and (3) The Government does not believe that any single summary measure can effectively reveal the relationships mentioned in the question. What has to be considered is not only the total of Budget outlays, or the change in that total, but also the composition of those outlays, the level and the composition of total revenues that make up the other side of the Budget, the resultant overall and domestic deficits, and the manner in which those deficits are to be financed. These and other aspects of the Commonwealth's Budget need to be related to the evolving economic situation and to the Government's overall economic strategy. No summary measures can satisfactorily encompass all these aspects: a comprehensive analysis is called for. Such an analysis has been provided which covers these various aspects- and in greater detail than ever before- in the Budget Speech for 1976-77 and in the various Statementsparticularly Statement No. 2- attached to that Speech.

Ethnic Groups in Division of Evans (Question No. 1639)


Mr Abel (EVANS, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, upon notice:

(   1 ) How many people of each of the 10 largest ethnic groups are estimated or known to reside in the Electoral Division of Evans in terms of the latest available figures.

(2)   What were the corresponding estimates or known figures for the years 1930, 1933, 1960, 196S and 1970.

(3)   Is the definition of the persons mentioned in parts ( 1 ) and (2) that they were born outside Australia; if not, on what basis is the classfication made.

(4)   Does the classification include Australian-born children of persons born outside Australia.

(   3 ) In respect of the answer to part ( 1 ), what percentage of the persons in each group is estimated or known to have taken Australian citizenship.


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

Statistical information is not available in the form requested by the honourable member. My Department is looking at available statistical data, in conjunction with the Australian Bureau of Statistics, to see whether some estimates, as requested, can be produced. This project will take some time to complete and I shall write to the honourable member in due course to inform him of any results produced.

Republic of Singapore Air Force (Question No. 1647)


Mr E G Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) am asked the Minister for Defence, on notice:

(1)   What is the command position held by an Australian in Singapore {Hansard, 18 November 1976, page 2928).

(2)   Who is he.


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

(   1 ) Director Air Staff, Republic of Singapore Air Force.

(2   ) Acting Group Captain M. A. Turnbull, General Duties Pilot, RAAF.

Eligibility of Immigrants to Settle in Australia (Question No. 1655)


Mr Garrick asked the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, upon notice:

(   1 ) Did he say on 19 November 1976 that if people want to settle in Australia they must apply through the proper channels, and if they come here illegally, we cannot check on their background or their health.

(2)   If so, can he say whether some people have reacted to the statement by saying that vetting on political grounds is the object of the checks.

(3)   Are people of Arab, Mediterranean and Asian extraction more likely to be closely checked for political background then those of Anglo Saxon origin.


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

(1)   In my press release of 19 November I said that if people want to settle in Australia, they must apply through the proper channels.

(2)   I am not aware of any such reaction.

(3)   The criteria that apply to applicants for permanent or temporary entry do not discriminate on the grounds of nationality or ethnic origin. The amount of checking required to establish the bona fides of applicants varies from country to country. The political beliefs of applicants do not in themselves constitute disqualification unless they are associated with support for, or participation in, extremism or terrorist activity.

Assistance by Foreign Governments for Darwin after Cyclone Tracy (Question No. 1660)


Mr E G Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

(   1 ) What governments gave assistance for Darwin after Cyclone Tracy.

(2)   Which of them (a) were informed or (b) have asked about the uses to which the assistance was put.


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

(   1 ) The Governments of Nauru, the Federal Republic of Germany, Japan, the Republic of Korea and Lesotho gave financial assistance for Darwin after Cyclone Tracy. The Governments of Burma, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and India gave assistance in goods or medical supplies. The Governments of the United States of America, New Zealand and Indonesia gave logistic support by way of aircraft to bring in supplies and to assist in the civilian evacuation. The financial contributions were paid into the Darwin Cyclone Tracy Trust Fund. The report of the Trust Fund for 1975-76 recorded that the Trust had approved payment of donations received from foreign Governments to the Mayor of Darwin as a foundation grant towards construction of a Tracy Memorial Culture Centre.

(2)   (a) All the Governments which gave financial or material assistance received formal messages of appreciation for their contributions which would be devoted to the reconstruction of Darwin or to replenish supplies lost in the cyclone.

(b)   None of the Governments concerned has requested information about the uses to which its assistance was put.

Mergers under Trade Practices Act (Question No. 1674)


Mr Jacobi asked the Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs, upon notice:

(1)   When will the Government be introducing legislation to give effect to its election policy of removing the discretion conferred on the Minister relating to mergers under subsection 90 (9) of the Trade Practices Act, the elimination of which has been recommended in paragraph 8.50 et al of the Swanson Committee Report.

(2)   What notices have been issued by him under subsection 90 (9) of the Trade Practices Act since 1 1 November 1975.

(3)   If any notices have been issued under subsection 90 (9) since 1 1 November 1975, when was each notice issued, and what are the names of all parties who were the subject of such notices.


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

(1)   The Government's decision on this matter will be announced during the current sitting of Parliament.

(2)   None.

(3)   Not applicable.







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