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Tuesday, 14 October 1975
Page: 2037

Mr OLDMEADOW (HOLT, VICTORIA) -My question is directed to the Minister for Education. Will he inform the House of the extent of capital expenditure on technical colleges by the States over the past 2 years? Is it true that the Victorian Government's contribution to these capital works has decreased rapidly?

Mr BEAZLEY - I regret that I cannot give the honourable gentleman details of capital expenditure by all States over the last few years, but they are set out in the Technical and Further Education Committee report. I want to make this observation on capital expenditure in Victoria. A few years back out of its own resources it spent $ 1 ,960,000. In the next year expenditure was cut to $1,400,000. Next year it was cut to $728,000. Over that same period Commonwealth grants for technical education buildings rose from $3.5m to $6.5m and they have risen further in the current Budget. It is a fact that the greater the grant the Commonwealth gives to Victoria for the building of technical colleges the lower is the State's expenditure out of its own resources. If the Victorian State Government set out deliberately to offset the value of Commonwealth grants for improving technical education in Victoria by way of constructing buildings it would do, I think, exactly what it is doing.

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