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Tuesday, 24 September 1974
Page: 1296

Senator BUTTON (VICTORIA) -I address a question to the Minister representing the Minister for Education. Has the Minister seen a report in the Australian' newspaper of Monday, 23 September, in which the education correspondence of that newspaper again raises the question of the failure of the New South Wales and Victorian governments to reveal their expenditure of Federal money on education? In particular, does the Minister agree with the suggestion that is made that these State governments lack the drive and organisational competence to spend the money effectively?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - I cannot say that I have seen the newspaper report because I spent the best part of yesterday either in Cabinet meetings or attending a Cabinet subcommittee meeting. However, I know from discussions I have had with my colleague, the Minister for Education, and from answers that I have delivered in the Senate on behalf of the Minister for Education, that this information in regard to expenditure of Commonwealth moneys has been sought previously from time to time from the governments of New South Wales and Victoria but, as far as I know, so far without success. In relation to the second part of the honourable senator's question, I can state that I am given to understand that there is considerable concern in Victoria about the efficiency of that State's education administration. I think that it is fair to say that in New South Wales it is felt by a number of people that there should be a rethink on the question of education generally in that State. However, if the honourable senator requires further details from my colleague, the Minister for Education, I will gladly get them for him.

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