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Tuesday, 22 May 2001
Page: 26728

Mr Latham asked the Minister representing the Minister for Family and Community Services, upon notice, on 4 September 2000:

(1) For each State and Territory, what proportion of Australian (a) three year olds and (b) four year olds attend preschool education.

(2) How do these statistics compare with other OECD nations.

(3) What initiatives has the Government taken to: (a) improve basic literacy and numeracy skills in preschool and (b) introduce diagnostic testing for speech and hearing among preschool students.

(4) Does the Government propose to introduce a national preschool program.

Mr Anthony (Minister for Community Services) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) to (4) The matters raised do not fall within the Family and Community Services portfolio.