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Wednesday, 30 May 1973
Page: 2845

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! It might be best if the Minister asks leave to make a statement.

Mr Beazley - I seek leave to make a short statement.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Is leave granted? There being no objection leave is granted.

Mr BEAZLEY(Fremantle - Minister for Education) - I expressed an opinion that if the Committee should come to the view that grants should be phased out, nobody should be jolted out from having a level of grant to nothing. That was an informal opinion. It was not a directive and no directive was ever given. The Committee was completely independent.

Mr MALCOLMFRASER (Wannon)- Mr Deputy Speaker-

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr MALCOLM FRASER - Mr Deputy Speaker,perhaps this matter could be pursued in debate but there has been a misrepresentation, I think, on this particular matter. I only ask honourable members again to look at paragraph 1.19 of the Committee's report where it says quite plainly-

Mr Beazley - You can read the letter, lt is tabled.

Mr MALCOLM FRASER -The Committee said plainly:

The Government has indicated to the Committee that, although grants are being made available at these rates during 1973, after that year the basic level of support for non-government schools will nol be predetermined . . .

Then the sentence goes on. It would seem to be contrary to the view which the Minister for Education expressed. I accept that as his view. I think there may be some ambiguity which may be later debated and clarified.

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