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Tuesday, 6 December 1960

Mr MENZIES (Kooyong) (Prime Minister) . - I am happy to tell the honorable member for Lang (Mr. Stewart) that I raised the same question when I saw the draft of the bill because it seemed to me to be rather odd that a man with technical qualifications should have to be exempted from the prescribed educational qualifica tions. Let us consider the matter: The prescribed educational qualification may be an examination of leaving certificate standard. A man may never have taken the leaving certificate examination, but he may have attended a technical school and have developed considerable qualifications in some technique or technology so that he is a very able person. He may have obtained a diploma from some technical college and may be regarded as extremely capable in his own field but still not possess the leaving certificate. That is the real reason why in these positions requiring professional and technical skill we have made an exception to the normal rule requiring the broad standard of the leaving certificate.

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