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Tuesday, 8 November 1977
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Mr Neil asked the Minister, representing the Minister for Social Security, upon notice, on 6 October 1977:

(   1) How many pre-schools within the electoral divisions of St George, Lang and Banks are funded by the Department of Social Security

(2)   What is the level of funding for the various preschools.

Mr Hunt - The Minister for Social Security has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(   1 ) and (2) Recurrent funds for pre-schools in the electorates of St George, Lang and Banks, and those in existence prior to the Commonwealth's involvement in pre-school funding are provided under the block funding arrangements. The exact level of funds provided to individual pre-schools within these electorates is not known as the distribution of the funds is the responsibility of the New South Wales State Government.

Raids on Church Organisations in South Africa (Question No. 1716)

Mr Hurford asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 1 1 October 1977:

(1)   Did he say in reply to my question No. 389 (Hansard, 19 April 1977, page 988), regarding reports of raids by the South African Government on the offices of the South African Council of Churches and the Christian Institute, that the Australian Embassy in Pretoria would be instructed to inform the South African authorities of the concern being expressed in Australia about action being taken against these organisations.

(2)   If so, is it a fact that this expression of concern was not made to South African authorities until September.

(3)   If the position is as stated, what was the reason for this delay.

Mr Peacock - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   and (3) The South African authorities were informed of these representations in writing by the Australian Ambassador on 26 July. It would of course have been desirable for the representations to have taken place at an earlier date, but the essential fact is that they have been made.

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