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Wednesday, 24 May 1972
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Mr BRYANT (WILLS, VICTORIA) - I refer to the answer which the Minister for Education and Science gave to the honourable member for Deakin. Are we to understand from his answer that he accepts the same financial responsibility for dependent schools as he does for state schools?

Mr Malcolm Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) -The Governments position in this matter has been made very plain. For a long while in Australia's history governments accepted full responsibility for students sent to govern ment schools but none at all for students in independent schools. The Commonwealth Government and the State governments have been working over a period of years towards a situation in which there is greater justice than that in education. The Government has set as a realistic figure, and one to which I believe and hope that the States will agree, that about 40 percent of the equivalent cost for a government primary school and 40 per cent of the equivalent cost for a government secondary school should be the sum that is provided to independent schools to support their running costs. That is where the Government sees the level of Government support for independent schools.

Mr Bryant - May I ask a supplementary question, Mr Speaker?


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