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Tuesday, 22 August 1972
Page: 228

Senator O'BYRNE - My question is addressed to the Minister representing the Minister for Education and Science. The Minister was quoted in the 'Mercury' of 31st July 1972 as saying that the independent schools of Australia had 22 per cent of the total enrolments but had received only 10 per cent of Commonwealth money advanced to all schools. Will the Minister please make available the calculations which led him to make this statement? Are indirect grants in the form of Commonwealth taxation deductions to the extent of $70m and indirect grants available to nonState schools listed in the brochure 'Government Grants - Allowances and Subsidies for Primary and Secondary Schools and their Pupils' issued by the Commonwealth Department of Education and Science included in these calculations?

Senator WRIGHT - The honourable senator's question refers to figures that have come from the Minister with regard to aid given to non-government schools in relation to that given to government schools. The question will have to be perused carefully before an accurate answer can be given and time will be necessary for that purpose.

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