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Tuesday, 7 December 1965


Mr SINCLAIR - Although I am not aware from my own knowledge of the exact implications of the statistics which the honorable member has cited to the House, I would imagine that there must be some correlation between the extension of student endowment and the growth of the figures to which he has referred. There have been, from State to State, some variations in the amount payable by way of student endowment. This is partly related to the availability of secondary education in each State. As honorable members are aware, in some States there is a period of secondary education of only five years whereas in other States there is a six year period. In States where secondary education extends to six years, not unnaturally, there is a tendency for more children to remain at school longer. However, might I express the hope that the figures indicate a general intention for Australians to stay at school longer and a desire to receive more education which, T think personally, is most laudable?







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