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Thursday, 22 November 1973
Page: 3684

Mr MATHEWS (CASEY, VICTORIA) - I ask the Acting Minister for Education: How many capital projects in Victoria have been approved in principle by the Minister under the provisions of the Child Care Act? How many applications for capital projects have been received from Victoria? How does that number compare with the number of applications received from other States? Can he confirm that funds are available for further applications from local government organisation and community groups for grants for capital projects to be considered under this Act?

Mr Lionel Bowen (KINGSFORD-SMITH, NEW SOUTH WALES) -I shall deal with the last part of the question first. More funds will be available in accordance with the appropriation made under the recent Budget. I understand that 46 applications were received from Victoria. Twelve have been approved. Another fourteen are in what is deemed to be the concluding stages of assessment. I understand that four have been rejected or ruled ineligible, and others in Victoria are still receiving preliminary assessment. I think the other part of the honourable gentleman's question related to comparisons with other States. In New South Wales 92 applications have been received, in Queensland 15, in South Australia 14, in Western Australia and Tasmania 9 each in the Northern Territory 8 and in the Australian Capital Territory one.

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