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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4582


Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for Education and Science, upon notice:

(1)   When and where have representatives of State Education Departments and his own Department consulted since 8th October, 1970 on his predecessor's letter to the State Education Ministers on 11th September 1970 requesting them to indicate the relative urgency of the capital works mentioned in the summary of the findings of the Nation-wide Survey of Educational Needs which they released on 1st September 1970 (Hansard, J 5th October 1970. page 2198; 29tb October 1970, page 2090; 7th April 1971, page 1638).

(2)   To what extent has information from nongovernment schools been collected.

(3)   To what extent has the information from government and non-government schools been analysed.


Mr Malcolm Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   There has been no formal meeting between representatives of State Education Departments and my own Department since 8th October 1970. My predecessor, however, attended a meeting of the Australian Education Council in Brisbane at the end of May 1971 when one of the topics for discussion was the Nation-wide. Survey of Educational Needs, and there has of course been contact at Departmental level. All States supplied information to the Commonwealth by March 1971.

(2)   On 16th December 1970 my Department wrote to Catholic Education Authorities in each State and to all other non-government schools requesting details of their educational requirements. The material provided by non-government schools was collated by May 1971, and by that time information covering 65 percent of ali nongovernment school enrolments had been received. A report on this information was tabled on 5th October 1971.

(3)   Information provided by government and non-government schools was brought together by officers of my Department and examined in detail before the 1971 Premiers' Conference and Loan Council meetings.







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