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Tuesday, 8 November 1977
Page: 3166

Mr E G Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) am asked the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security, upon notice, on 17 August 1977:

(1)   What has been the State expenditure on pre-school education in each State in 1971-72 and each subsequent financial year (Hansard, 3 1 May 1 972, page 3444).

(2)   What has been the Federal expenditure in each State on pre-school education in 1971-72 and each subsequent financial year, and what will be the corresponding amounts in 1977-78.

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

(1)   The following table has been provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics and shows the identified outlay by State Governments on pre-school and child care programs for the years 1971-72 to 1975-76. Details for 1976-77 are not yet available. The figures represent amounts spent on these programs which can be identified from State Government Public Accounts; they should be regarded as approximate and may not be fully comparable between the States. State outlays include grants to local authorities made from funds provided by the Commonwealth under its Pre-schools and Child Care Program. Direct payments from the Commonwealth Government to local government authorities, which do not pass through State Government Accounts, are not included.


(2)   Commonwealth Expenditure on Pre-school Education since the introduction of the Children's Services Program has been as follows. These figures include both capital and recurrent expenditure. Components of the figures below are included in (1 ) above.


In 1977-78 expenditure in Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania will be all recurrent expenditure and will be as follows:


In New South Wales and Victoria there is s till some unexpended capital committment, and expenditure in these States should be as follows:


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