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Tuesday, 22 August 1972
Page: 223


Senator CAVANAGH (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I desire to ask a question of the Minister representing the Minister for Education and Science. I ask: Why is $800 per annum more paid to an Asian or African undergraduate student under the Colombo Plan as a living allowance than is paid to an Australian Aboriginal student? Why is $1,355 per annum more paid to an Asian or African postgraduate student under the Colombo Plan as a living allowance than is paid to an Australian Aboriginal student? Why is an establishment allowance of $124 upon arrival to Australia and an annual allowance of $85 paid to an Asian or African student and only $75 at commencement to any single Aboriginal student who finds it necessary to live away from home for study purposes?


Senator WRIGHT - I am sure that Senator Cavanagh would not expect me to go into a comparison of these actual figures at question time. I shall have the figures referred to the Minister for Education and Science and get from him a detailed answer explaining the reason for the various amounts. But lest the result of Senator Cavanagh's question should be to leave the impression that the Aboriginal community is being neglected in some way, even in regard to scholarships, Senator Cavanagh should be reminded that the amount of benefits granted to the Aboriginal community is to be increased by no less than $21m in the present Budget.







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