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Wednesday, 10 May 1972
Page: 2284

Mr WHITLAM - Without notice I ask the Treasurer a question about the Commonwealth Grants Commission special report on Queensland and in particular tha statement in the report that the Commonwealth Treasury had criticised the Commission's practice of making separate assessments for pupils under 6 years of age. Does this mean that in the view of his Department it is no concern of the Commonwealth to help children in the States to secure a pre-school education as every child in tha Australian Capital Territory and most children in the Northern Territory already enjoy? If this is not the meaning of his

Department's criticism, quoted by the Commonwealth Grants Commission, what is the basis of his Department's attitude?

Mr SNEDDEN (BRUCE, VICTORIA) (Treasurer) - I have no recollection of the particular paragraph. I will examine it and then reply to the question.

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