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Tuesday, 6 November 1973
Page: 1517

Senator DEVITT (TASMANIA) - My question is addressed to the Minister representing the Minister for Education. Of the 50 schools formerly excluded from participation in the Karmel Committee recommendations for Commonwealth education grants but now approved under reclassification, how many were reclassified upon appeal, the justification for which was the failure of the applicant in the first instance to fill in the application form correctly? Because of allegations that the inclusion of these schools represents a backdown by the Government, will the Minister seek to have the reasons for reclassification of these schools fully advised to the Senate?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES)

Anticipating that a question of this nature would be asked, I sought some details from my colleague, the Minister for Education in another place, Mr Beazley. He has advised me that 55 schools that were formerly in category A have appealed successfully. Of these 55 schools, twenty-five appealed solely on the ground that the original information provided by the school was inaccurate in some respects. A further twenty-eight appealed on that ground and on other general grounds. The Minister, Mr Beazley, advised me that a school was reclassified if the Interim Committee for the Australian Schools Commission found that 1972, which was the base year for the assessments, was for some reason atypical for the school or that the original information provided by the school, on which the assessment was made, was inaccurate in some respect.

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