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Friday, 16 August 1974
Page: 1057

Senator MELZER (VICTORIA) - I direct my question to the Minister representing the Minister for Education. In view of the concern that the Minister has always shown for the special difficulties migrant children experience in gaining an education in Australia, will the Minister take whatever steps are possible to alleviate immediately the lack of proper accommodation and facilities experienced by staff and pupils at the Brunswick Girls High School in Victoria where, apart from the fact that the building is a disgrace to the Victorian Government in any circumstances, twothirds of the pupils are of migrant origin?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) -The Australian Government, as the honourable senator will appreciate, has no authority to direct State governments to improve the standards of their own schools. Until about the commencement of this month the Victorian Government has received from the Australian Government $ 1.4m under the Schools Commission's program for disadvantaged government schools. My colleague the Australian Minister for Education, Mr Beazley, has approved Brunswick Girls High School as a disadvantaged school under the States Grants (Schools) Act 1973. Brunswick Girls High School has received $ 10,000 for a bilingual project to cater for migrant students and plans are under way to give the school another $45,000 to build a multi-purpose room. I am also advised by Mr Beazley that the Schools Commission has agreed to finance 2 projects under the innovations program. The Brunswick Girls High School will get a total of about $18,000 for those particular projects.

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