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Wednesday, 8 December 1971
Page: 4276

Mr WHITLAM - I ask the Minister for Education and Science a question. It is 12 weeks since he gave me a written answer stating that consultations would soon be concluded on a national graduate school of business management and that the Commonwealth would then be in a position to make an announcement about it, and it is 9 weeks since he assured me that the remaining State governments intended to table their sectors of the nation-wide survey on educational needs prepared in May last year. I therefore ask him when he will make an announcement about the national graduate school of business management and when New South Wales and Victoria, the only 2 States still in default, will table their school surveys. I also ask him how many schools fall within the scope of the Commonwealth Secondary Schools Libraries Committee and the Commonwealth Advisory Committee on Standards for Science Facilities, and what are the annual administrative costs of these 2 committees.

Mr Malcolm Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) - I may be able to answer some parts of the honourable gentleman's question. I suggest that he should put the rest on notice. An announcement will be made about the first matter to which the honourable gentleman referred when the Government has finished its consideration of it. I can only suggest that his second question, concerning the tabling or the publication by the 2 remaining States of a survey of needs, bc referred to the State Ministers concerned whose responsibility it is to publish the survey and who are responsible for whatever decision they take one way or another. Tn relation to that part of the honourable gentleman's question which relates to the number of schools that are eligible for or that have received support under the libraries programme and the science laboratories programme I will obtain information for him. T have a figure of 2,000 secondary schools in Australia, but 1 am only speaking from memory and I would not want to be committed to that figure. So I will check this information and provide it to the honourable gentleman.

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