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Tuesday, 30 April 1957

Mr Webb (STIRLING, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) b asked the Minister for Social Services, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that there are many full-time students up to the age of eighteen years?

2.   If so, will he consider extending child endowment to cover such children?

Mr Roberton - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   Yes.

2.   Proposals of this nature were closely examined by the government in 1950 when child

R-f35) endowment was extended to include the first child and also in connexion with more recent legislation. After careful consideration of all aspects involved, however, the Government decided that it was unable to extend child endowment beyond the age of sixteen years. The financial difficulty experienced by many parents in educating their children has not escaped the notice of the Government. In 1952 it introduced a taxation deduction for expenditure incurred in the education of children. This concession was warmly welcomed and has since been considerably liberalized.

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