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State Aid (letter)

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 Contents - Oct 2004AD2000 October 2004 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Addressing the shortfall of priests - Michael Gilchrist
Today's non-practising young Catholics: are Church conservatives to blame? - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church around the World
Society: US bishops call on Catholic institutions to oppose culture of death - Patrick Reilly
University: International Movement of Catholic Students Australia - Aaron Russell
Liturgy: Why priests should stick to the Mass texts - Bishop T.J. Paprocki
Books: Be Not Afraid: Cardinal George Pell's new book to be launched in November
Society: Why marriage should receive greater government support - Michael Casanova
The Pope's Encyclical on the Eucharist - Sr Mary Augustine OP
Letters: Pastoral letters (letter) - Charles Francis, AM
Letters: State Aid (letter) - Alan A. Hoysted
Letters: Liturgical abuses (letter) - George Simpson
Letters: Graham Greene (letter) - Thomas A. Watkin
Letters: Come As You Are? (letter) - Brigid P. McKenna
Letters: Ghana: help needed (letter) - Name and address supplied
Letters: Year of the Eucharist (letter) - Fr Glen Tattersall FSSP
Letters: Catholic Doctors' Association of Victoria (letter) - Dr Dominica Ho
Books: The Ceremonies Of The Roman Rite Described, Fortescue,O'Connell, Alcuin Reid - Msgr. Peter J. Elliott (reviewer)
Books: The Organic Development of the Liturgy, by Alcuin Reid OSB - Msgr Peter J. Elliott (reviewer)
Books: The Two Wings Of Catholic Thought, edited by D.R. Foster, J.W. Koterski SJ - Br Christian Moe FSC (reviewer)
Books: More new titles from AD Books
Reflection: Our Lady, Fatima and the 'annihilation of nations' - Anne Lastman

Although the letter from George Caruana (September AD2000) on the subject of State Aid for our schools is misleading, I am grateful for the opportunity to set the record straight. Mr Caruana claims that in 1962-63 the State Labor Government in NSW gave assistance for science blocks. The facts are these.

In June 1962, the ALP State Conference decided to provide assistance for science blocks. However, in July 1963, the Left-dominated Labor Federal Executive quashed the proposal, censuring and humiliating the NSW Labor Executive for contradicting Labor Federal policy.

In November 1963, Liberal PM Robert Menzies included in his election policy funding for science blocks in Independent and Catholic schools. He considered, correctly, that this would gain him the vital Democratic Labor Party preferences which he needed to stay in office.

Mr Caruana also makes the amazing claim that Dr Jim Cairns was a supporter of State Aid. But he was leader of the Left wing of the ALP which was always bitterly opposed to State Aid, or anything which would benefit the Catholic Church.

The people to whom Catholic education has reason to be everlastingly grateful are the leaders and supporters of the much misrepresented and much reviled Democratic Labor Party which constantly fought for State Aid.

Bob Santamaria of the National Civic Council also lobbied strongly and skilfully during this period, and his support was invaluable.

Thomastown, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 17 No 9 (October 2004), p. 14

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