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Minister misleads House over Grant Commission Report



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MEDIA RELEASE MICHAEL RONALDSON Federal M em ber for Ballarat

SHADOW MINISTER FOR SCHOOLS, VOCATIONAL EDUCATION _________________________ & TRAINING

9 March 1995

MINISTER MISLEADS HOUSE OVER GRANT COMMISSION REPORT

Minister Free owes an unequivocal apology to the House for misleading and distorting the facts in his answer to a Dorothy dixer yesterday.

As Minister he has a responsibility to tell the House the FULL truth, and not to represent and distort the figures in the shameful way that he did

In the House yesterday the Minister stated that "Five years ago Victoria was ranked second in ner student spending on education and was above the Australian average. In 1993-94 Victoria was last and well below the Australian average of $538."

This statement is totally and unequivocally false. The figure of $538 relates to the National standardised per capita figure and NOT to the per student figure as stated by the Minister.

The Grants Commission Report shows that Victoria's actual spending per capita is $511.18 and the Commission's standardised expenditure for Victoria is $476.86. The Commission is therefore saying that Victoria is actually overspending on education! This is illustrated by the attached graph which

shows that according to the Grants Commission Victoria is overspending on education by 7.3 per cent..

As the responsible Minister he of all people should know the difference between per capita funding and per student funding. If he does not know the difference then his position is totally untenable.

To mislead the House, either deliberately or otherwise, is totally unacceptable behaviour for ANY Member of the House. When given the opportunity in the House today the Minister could not defend yesterday's answer and should apologise for treating the Chamber with the contempt that he did.

The Minister is now in the position where he either apologises for deliberately misleading the House or apologises for his ignorance. In either case he should take the honourable course and resign.

For further information contact Michael Ronaldson (06) 277 2114 or the Grants Commission

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Commonwealth Grants Commission: Ratio o f Actual Expenditure to Standardised Expenditure 1993-94 ( Refer page 237 Commonwealth Grants Commission 1995 Update)

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