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Friday, 30 October 1970

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for Education and Science, upon notice:

(I)   What, (a) number and (b) percentage nf (i) 15, (ii) 16, (iii) 17 and (iv) 18 year olds were in full-time education of any sort in the latest year for which he can obtain this information.

(2)   Can he provide this information for the intervening years since the Report of the Murray committee in September 1957 (paragraph 48).

Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) en - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   (a), (b) (0, (ii), (iii), (iv) and (2) The Commonwealth Statistician has provided the following statistics of the numbers and percentages of 15, 16, 17 and 18 year olds in full-time education of any sort in 19S4 (as shown in the Murray Report, 1961, 1966 and 1968. These statistics are derived from information obtained in the Population Censuses of 1954, 1961 and 1966, and from a survey of study courses conducted in 1968 as part of quarterly population surveys, based on a I per cent sample of households throughout Australia.


Complete information on the numbers in full-time education of any sort is only available for the years shown above. Most of those in full-lime education in these ages were enrolled at school or university for which details for all or some of the intervening years may be found in the publications of the Commonwealth Statistician.

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