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Tuesday, 10 October 1972
Page: 2336

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

(1)   Why has it taken more than 3 months to reply to question No. 5783 which I placed on the Notice Paper on 10th May 1972.

(2)   Did he state in a letter dated 1st August 1972 that a reply to the question would be provided in the first week of the Budget sittings; if so, why has the answer still not been provided.

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

(1)   and (2) My answer to question No. 5783 appeared in Hansard dated 31st August 1972, page 1112. In the period since 10th May 1972, the departmental officers concerned with the preparation of an answer to question No. 5783 were heavily committed on matters relating to the Government's Education Programme for 1972-73. In the event these circumstances precluded my being able to meet the forecast I made.

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