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Thursday, 3 May 1973
Page: 1642

Mr WILSON (STURT, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I ask the Minister for Educa tion whether he can assure the House that on receipt of the report of the Interim Committee for the Australian Schools Commission he will not only forthwith announce details of grants to be made available in the 1974 school year but also announce the availability of advance giants for immediate expenditure so that the maximum number of the recommended areas of need can be satisfied immediately, or at least by the opening of the 1974 school year.

Mr BEAZLEY (FREMANTLE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Education) - I cannot give guarantees about what will be done arising out of a report until I see the nature of the report. The honourable gentleman will appreciate that not every aspect of every report is accepted. For instance, the former Government did not accept the report on libraries of the Australian Commission on Advanced Education but we are now accepting it. As I have said, I am not in a position to give a guarantee about what will be done about a report I have not seen. I have not tried even to ascertain the direction of thinking of the Committee because I have desired it to be completely free to exercise its professional judgment. However, I am bound to tell the honourable member that I am certain the report will be treated as one with very great authority.

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