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Wednesday, 1 December 1971
Page: 3964

The following answersto questions upon notice were circulated:

Education Needs: Independent Schools (Question No. 3654)

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

The State Ministers for Education asked the Catholic and other non-government school authorities for details of their needs. As these details were returned to State Education Departments I am unable to say when they were received. Copies of these returns were later forwarded to my Department and as the information they contained was incomplete my Department wrote to all independent schools and Catholic education authorities on 16th December 1970 requesting more information. Replies from Catholic authorities in each state were received in my Department this yearon the following dates - from New South Wales on 1 3th April, Victoria on 7th May, Queensland on 19th April, South Australia on 23rd February, Western Australia on 16th March, Tasmania on 4th March, Australian Capital Territory, on 3rd March, Northern Territory on 21st June. As the other non-government schools were contacted individually and each school sent in its own return, the dates on which these returns were received ranged across a considerable period from January onwards.

By mid May, when returns were collated for analysis, 196 returns had been received covering 65 per cent of all non-government school enrolments. .

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