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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4525

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for the Army, upon notice:

Has a survey been conducted in the HolsworthyIngleburn area, as in the PuckapunyaiSeymour area (Hansard, 13th October 1971, page 2324), to ascertain the number of servicemen who have children of secondary school age and the categories of schools which their children attend.

Mr Peacock - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

No survey has been made of the HolsworthyIngleburn area. The survey of the PuckapunyalSeymour area, to which the Honourable Leader of the Opposition refers, was undertaken as a special task to provide answers to a question asked by the Member for Bendigo.

The survey conducted in the Puckapunyal.Seymour area required considerable staffing effort to collect and collate the data, however, because the Seymour-Puckapunyal area is relatively concentrated and the number of servicemen with children of secondary school age comparatively few, it was possible for this survey to be conducted.

To undertake a similar survey in the HolsworthyIngleburn area, which is such a large geographic area and where a great number of servicemen are located, would be a very costly exercise and I am not disposed to authorise the necessary expenditure. In addition, the turbulence' arising from the return of servicemen from Vietnam would cast doubt upon the accuracy of any statistics collected at this time.

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