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Tuesday, 31 May 1960


Mr Griffiths s asked the Acting Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   What is the number of scholarships awarded each year?

2.   On what basis are they allocated to the States?

3.   What is the value of the scholarships, and how long is it since their value was increased?

4.   Would an alteration from five to six years in the New South Wales education curriculum warrant an increase in the value of scholarships?

5.   Is it expected that an increased school leaving age is likely to have a detrimental effect on education because of the inability of parents to meet their children's continued education costs?

6.   Is it proposed to increase the value or number of scholarships issued each year?


Mr McEwen - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   Over the past four years the following number of Commonwealth scholarships have been awarded:- 1956, 3,107; 1957, 2,981; 1958, 3,016; 1959, 3,122.

2.   Scholarships are allocated amongst the States on a population basis.

3.   Students awarded Commonwealth scholarships are entitled to the payment of tuition fees, examination fees, matriculation fees, degree fees, certain other compulsory fees and travelling allowances for vacation without any means test. In addition, students undertaking full-time courses on a full-time basis may be granted a living allowance which is payable, subject to a means test. The maximum living allowances are £221 per annum in the case of a scholar living with his parents, and £338 per annum where he is living away from his parents. Substantial alterations were made to the scale of allowances and the means test from the beginning of 1959. The means test was modified further from 1st January, 1960.

4.   No. These scholarships are for courses taken above the secondary level.

5.   As far as I am aware, an increase in the school leaving age would not have a detrimental effect on education.

6.   The Government keeps under review the benefits payable and the number of scholarships available under the scheme.


Mr Cairns s asked the Acting Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   What number of Commonwealth scholarships has been available in (a) each State and (b) the Commonwealth in each year?

2.   What number of students qualified for these scholarships in (a) each State and (b) the Commonwealth in each year?


Mr McEwen - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: - 1. (a) and (b>-

In the earlier years of the scheme some States were unable to fill the places allocated to them and provision was made for those places to be transferred to other States. However, no places have been available for transfer in more recent years.

2.   The scholarships are awarded on a competitive and not a qualifying basis. The Commonwealth Scholarships Board prescribes a minimum standard for each State below which it will not make an award, but it has never been intended that students who satisfied this standard should be regarded as qualified for a scholarship. Since the commencement of the scholarship scheme its competitive nature has been emphasized.







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