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Tuesday, 29 August 1972
Page: 515

Senator WRIGHT - On 24th August Senator Jessop asked me a question concerning Aboriginal education which was considerably distorted by proceedings in the Senate, and in the interest of accuracy, I wish to give the following answer. I am able to inform the honourable senator that the allocation specifically for Aboriginal education last financial year was $8. 6m. In the present Budget it is $15. lm an increase of more than 70 per cent. That only takes its place as an item in the very impressive increase in the Commonwealth's direct expenditure on education which rises from $354m in the last financial year to a budgeted $426m this year. But the fact is, excluding special expenditure in the field of Aboriginal education, in the last financial year the Commonwealth spent nearly $27 per head of total population on education, and this year expenditures is budgeted at more than $31 per head. Both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal persons share in this expenditure. In addition in the last financial year a further $60 per head of Aboriginal population was spent by the Commonwealth specifically for Aboriginal education. This year the budgeted expenditure exceeds $100 per head.

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