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Monday, 22 October 1973
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Mr REYNOLDS (BARTON, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Has the attention of the Minister for Education been drawn to a reported reply by the New South Wales Minister for Education, Mr Willis, during a recent question time in the New South Wales Parliament in which he stated that the additional money provided in this year's Commonwealth Budget for education for New South Wales was about a mere$10m? Is this statement correct.

Mr BEAZLEY (FREMANTLE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Education) - As I recollect the figures in the Karmel report, the sum total of what New South Wales will be receiving over the 2 years is $240m. I am quite sure that that is not merely $10m in addition to what would have been received by New South Wales. I can scarcely believe that Mr Willis has been correctly reported because, in common with the rest of the members of the Australian Education Council, he joined in warmly commending the Karmel report and the extra sums of money which the State of New South Wales would be receiving. I doubt whether he would have joined in any warm commendation if it involved only10m in 2 years. It is not correct.

Mr Reynolds - This financial year.

Mr BEAZLEY - I do not think that could be correct either, but I would need to find out on what basis he was discussing the question.

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