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Tuesday, 22 August 1972
Page: 469

Mr ERWIN (BALLAARAT, VICTORIA) - My question is addressed to the Minister for Education and Science. There has been much discussion since the presentation of the 1972-73 Budget concerning the variation of expenditure between several departments. Will the Minister inform the House the variation of expenditure between education in Australia and defence?

Mr Malcolm Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) -The honourable member must have in mind that, whilst the defence vote is purely a Commonwealth type vote, the education budget of Australia is a shared one between the Commonwealth and the States. This year the defence budget, as I understand it, is a little over $l,300m and the Commonwealth's education budget is up by over $70m. It is likely that the Commonwealth and State education budgets will be increased by not less than $200m - perhaps $300m - but we will not know that until we have had the results of the States' budgets. Last financial year the States increased their education budgets by $200m over the year before. I would expect them to make a further increase of about the same order, which would give a total education vote, additional to last year, approaching $300m, which is much greater than the actual increase in the' defence vote. I understand that the honourable member's concern might have occurred because Mr Hawke indicated that the total defence vote was more, or increasing at a greater rate, than the education vote. That just is not so.

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