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Tuesday, 28 September 1971
Page: 1607

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

Which of my questions to him does he expect to be able to answer before the debate on the estimates for his Department.

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

The honourable member has for some years asked a series of questions of considerable complexity on universities, colleges of advanced education and scholarships. Many of these questions involve considerable study of available data to present the material in the form requested. As the then Minister for Education and Science pointed out in answer to Question No. 1419 (Hansard 22nd September 1970, page 1494) the timing of such answers is dependent on when the information can become available, whether it ' be from universities, colleges of advanced education or on the question of scholarships.

As far as the other questions standing in the honourable member's name are concerned answers are being prepared as quickly as possible and will be provided at the first opportunity.

I would point out to the honourable member that the resources of my Department are not unlimited and must largely bc devoted to the administration of the various programs for which it is responsible, lt may sometimes be necessary to give these programs priority over the research involved in preparing answers to lengthy questions.

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