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Wednesday, 8 May 1968

Mr GORTON - I am gratified that in the question asked by the honourable member there was no suggestion that, in fact, improvements were not taking place, and that the question was merely based on whether the improvements were being made sufficiently quickly. I think it is admitted on all sides that these improvements are taking place and this is an indication of what has already been done. The honourable member himself will know that the Commonwealth Government has enabled such accelerated improvements, but that it still remains within the province of the States to take the initial elements required for improvement. I think I should take this opportunity to say that the Government of the State of Victoria is devoting to the improvement of education a very great proportion indeed of its State Budget, and that this has enabled, together with the Commonwealth assistance, the improvements to which I have referred. In regard to the other matters raised by the honourable member, there must always be room for discussion as to whether deficiencies in any area - and there is a large number of areas, of course, which could not be described as perfect, and probably never could be - should be overcome more quickly, less quickly, or whatever it might be.

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