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Tuesday, 26 October 1971
Page: 2561

Mr Whitlam asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   Did his predecessor write to all the Premiers on 7th September 1970 asking for the reaction of their Governments to the Nation-Wide Survey of Educational Needs and for an indication of the extent to which, having regard to their other responsibilities, they would wish to give priority to the proposed programmes in education (Hansard 21st October 1970, page 2616).

(2)   Did the Premiers of Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia reply on 12th October, 16th October, 5th November and 23rd December, respectively (Hansard, 31st March 1971, page 1283)

(3)   Have the Premiers of New South Wales and Victoria replied; if so, when.

(4)   Has a further letter on the matter been sent to any of the Premiers other than the Premiers of Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania.

Mr McMahon - The answer to the honourablemember's question is as follows:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   Yes.

(3)   No.

(4)   Yes, to all the Premiers.

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