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Wednesday, 25 September 1974
Page: 1429

Senator Withers asked the Minister representing the Minister for Education, upon notice:

(   1) Why was no primary school constructed at Hawker, in the Australian Capital Territory.

(2)   What were the factors considered in reaching the decision not to construct a primary school in Hawker.

(3)   Why were the people to live in the suburb of Hawker not expected to exhibit the same social patterns that led to the construction of schools in other suburbs.

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - The Minister for Education has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question: ( 1 ), (2) and (3) The initial planning of Hawker and the projected rate of growth of the suburb, with a predominance of private enterprise housing, suggested, on the basis of demographic studies of similar areas, that primary school enrolments would grow slowly and for some time would be accommodated in the neighbouring suburb of Weetangera. The number of children in Hawker of primary school age in 1973 and a decision to increase the ultimate size of that suburb led to a re-examination of the situation and a decision to build a primary school in Hawker.

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