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Wednesday, 30 June 1937

Senator COLLINGS asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice -

Whether consideration has been given to the decisions of the conference of the Australian Teachers' Federation held recently in Melbourne to the effect (1) , that education should be consummated on a national basis; (2) that a grant of loan money to be used in the direction of relief of unemployment, while most welcome, is not all that is essential: (3) that education shallbe a charge upon the Commonwealth as well as State Budgets, and that the Commonwealth subsidize education?

Senator Sir GEORGEPEARCE.The Acting Prime Minister has supplied the following answer : -

Representations were recently made by the Australian Teachers' Federation urging that the matter of financial assistance for education be accepted as a Commonwealth as well as a State responsibility. The Federation was informed that the Commonwealth Government could not see its way to assume financial responsibility for grants for the purpose of education

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