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Tuesday, 15 August 1972
Page: 148

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

(1)   On what dates did he or his predecessor receive:

(a)   the first draft of the financial needs of the State education systems according to the nation-wide survey of educational needs and

(b)   any subsequent amendments to the requirements set out in the survey.

(2)   On what subsequent dates did the Commonwealth Government make grants to the State governments specifically for educational purposes.

(3)   What was the (a) nature and (b) value of these grants.

(4)   What proportion of the amount required foi educational purposes by the State governments did these grants constitute.

Mr Malcolm Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The first versions of the State Education Ministers' Surveys of Educational Needs were received in my Department in February 1970. On a number of occasions since then I and officers of my Department have been in consultation with State Ministers for Education and with State officials.

(2)   , (3) and (4) The Commonwealth has taken action at Premiers' Conference and Loan Council meetings subsequent to February 1970 to provide substantially increased financial assistance to the States. Additional financial support from the Commonwealth to the States for capital expenditure on State schools was announced by the Prime Minister in his statements to the House on 9th December 1971 and 11th May 1972. The Government's general attitude towards the results of the 1970 Survey of Educational Needs was, set out in gome detail in my statement to the House on 5 October 1971.

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