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Catholic education commission welcomes coalition policy



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CATHOLIC EDUCATION COMMISSION WELCOMES COALITION POLICY

The newly released Annual Report of the National Catholic Commission has welcomed and expressed appreciation for the commitment of the Liberal and National Parties to greatly improve the recurrent and capital funding for Catholic and other non-government schools.

The report states that the NCEC has welcomed the announcement by the Opposition that 'if elected to government in 1993 there will be:

• a substantial increase in recurrent grants (estimated to cost $300m by 1996-97);

• a six category scheme which provides a basic grant of 20% plus needs based funding up to 32% for the existing category 10-12 schools;

• a doubling of capital grants to $162m in July 1993;

• the Goods and Services Tax will have no impact on Catholic schools because of the zero-rating; and

• the New Schools Policy will be abolished."

The Report states that the Chairman (Mr. G. Gleeson) has written to Dr. Kemp to express appreciation for the positive response that had been made to representations regarding the funding needs of Catholic schools."

Dr. Kemp said he was pleased that there had been such a positive response to the Coalition's policy by the National Catholic Education Commission.

He said that the Liberal and National Parties were determined to ensure educational choice for all Australian families regardless of income.

"The increases in funding have been targeted to lower and middle income families", Dr. Kemp said. "68 per cent of pupils attend schools in the highest need categories, and 75 per cent of the increase in funds had been directed to such schools."

"This expresses the general philosophy of FIGHTBACK! to help those in greatest need", Dr. Kemp said.

He said that Catholic systemic schools would receive per capita grant increases of $332 for each primary pupil, and $490 for each secondary pupil.

Dr. Kemp said these increases would greatly enhance the ability of low income parents to send their child to the school of their choice.

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