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Thursday, 9 December 1965

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Drury (RYAN, QUEENSLAND) - Order! I ask the honorable member to relate his remarks to the Bill, which deals with the Australian National University.

Mr REYNOLDS - I acknowledge your advice, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I am trying to supplement the points made by the honorable member for Fremantle about the wisdom of establishing a faculty of education at the Australian National University, or in lieu of that establishing a national teacher training authority that might have some direct link with the Australian National University. I was about to say that I suppose it is too much to expect the Commonwealth to agree to this proposal since it was not prepared to adopt the very strong recommendation in the Martin Committee's report to establish boards of teacher education in the various States. I suggest that this is intimately linked with the proposal to establish a teacher training authority and with the situation in the States, because the Commonwealth itself is drawing on the scarce resources of teachers from the various States to service its own teacher requirements.

In conclusion, I turn to the point made by the honorable member for Fremantle about establishing a faculty of dentistry. I do not intend to go into this matter at great length because we had a debate only about a week ago on the dire need for increased facilities for the training of dentists. This is one of the poorest countries in the socalled civilised world in training for den tistry, not only at the undergraduate level, where the lack is bad enough, but also at higher levels. Apparently, we have nothing in the way of research facilities or postgraduate facilities in this field. I support the honorable member for Fremantle as far as the machinery provisions of the Bill are concerned and I give hearty support to his suggestion for the establishment of faculties of education, dentistry and medicine in the near future at the Australian National University.

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