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29.11.1973

THE STATES GRANTS (SCHOOL) BILL,

The Government’s misrepresentation of Opposition attitudes to the Schools Grants Bill has muddied the waters„

To clarify beyond doubt our policy and intentions I restate that we entirely support all aspects of the bill which provide funds to schools in Australia. We have never said or voted otherwise.

Mr. Bowen, the Acting Minister for Education, has now said this morning that if the Opposition moves an amendment to Clause 15 of the bill to provide for the retention of a basic per pupil grant plus extra in respect of needs, i.e. as

already provided in the bill, the Cabinet and the Caucus will consider the amendment. .

The Opposition has prepared the attached amendment, drafted by the Opposition spokesman on education, Senator Rae. Standing Orders of the House of Representatives would not have permitted the Opposition to move such an amendment in that House. The Senate may request the House of Representatives to arnen^. The Government must, under standing Orders, move the amendment in the House of Representatives.

If such an amendment is passed the Opposition would support Clause 66 of the bill which would terminate the 1972 Act.

The cost of the implementation of such an amendment would be less than $5 million per annum and would mean that the basic per pupil grant would be $ 104 per secondary pupil and $62 per primary pupil.

It accords with the Labor Government's pre-election promises„

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Grants to pupils in categories to receive more"than those amounts

under·thdfpresent Bill and also Catholic parish schools would

receive the amounts provided in the bill,,. i < , e „ more than the

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The Opposition reiterates its belief in the fundamental principle

that every child at a non-government school is entitled to ,the

security of a basic per pupil grant. . . . = ' .... .

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(5) There is payable to a State under this section, in respect

of each year to which this Act applies, by way of financial assistance to the State in respect of recurrent expenditure of

each non-systemic school in the State -

(a) in the case of the year commencing on 1 January

1974 -(i) if the school is a non-government primary

school - an amount equal to thqfcroduct of

the amount specified in column 2 of Table 3 in Schedule 2 opposite to the category specified in column 1 in which the school

is included and the number of pupils

receiving primary education at the school on the date in that year that is the schools . . · ■ ··: ' ■'·' ■ · :

census date for that State for that year5

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(ii) if the school is a non-government secondary

school - an amount equal to. the product of

the amount specified in column 3 of Table 3 in Schedule 2 opposite to the category specified in column 1 in which the school is included and the number of pupils receiving secondary education at the school on the dhte in that year that is the schools

census date for that State for that year$ and (b) in the case of the year commencing on 1 January

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(i) if the school is a non-government primary-

school - an amount equal to the product of

the amount specified in column 4 of Table 3 in Schedule 2 opposite to thq/fcategory specified in column 1 in which the school is

included and the number of pupils receiving

primary education at the school on the date

in that year that is the schools census

date for that State for that year5 and

(ii) if the school is a non-government secondary school - an amount equal to the product of

the amount specified in column 5 of Table 3 in Schedule 2 opposite to the category specified in column 1 in which the school

is included and the number of pupils receiving secondary education at the school on the date in that year that is the schools Census date for that State for that year.

c) such further amounts as will ensure that, notwithstanding the foregoing or any other

provisions of this Act -(i) a sum of $62 in respect of every pupil receiving primary education at a non­

government primary school on the date in that year that is the schools census date for that State for that year; and

(ii) a sum of $104 in respect of every pupil

receiving secondary education at a non­ government secondary school on the date in that year, that is the schools census date for that State for that year

is payable to the school authority of the school."

Clause 5. sub clause 5