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Thursday, 8 March 1984
Page: 622

Senator RICHARDSON —My question is directed to the Minister for Education and Youth Affairs. Has there been an increase in Federal Government spending on education in New South Wales this year? What percentage of non-government schools in New South Wales have been advantaged by the new Federal funding arrangements for education? Have any New South Wales non-government schools been seriously disadvantaged by these new financial arrangements?

Senator RYAN —Yes, there has been an increase in funding both for government and non-government schools in New South Wales. The Government is providing over $ 237m for non-government schools in New South Wales in 1984, which represents an increase in real terms of over $4m on what was provided in 1983. In terms of capital projects, since 5 March 1983 the following have been approved: Three new schools projects totalling $2,630,700, 11 projects for new places in existing schools totalling $3,969,900, 19 major projects for improved facilities, 62 minor projects for improved facilities and 26 library projects. With respect to the percentage of schools that have received improvements, I am advised that 89 per cent of all non-government schools-that is, 683 schools-will receive increased grants in 1984. Only 15 schools in New South Wales will have their recurrent grants reduced and these schools will still receive over $4.7m from the Commonwealth in 1984 and thus cannot be said to have had their operation seriously affected.