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Wednesday, 20 April 1966

Mr REYNOLDS (BARTON, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Prime Minister whether he is aware of the critical and alarming shortage of qualified secondary teachers in both public and private schools in every State of Australia, and in the Commonwealth Territories, particularly Papua and New Guinea. If so, has the Government given any further consideration to the previous decision rejecting the important and urgent recommendations of the Martin Committee in respect of teacher training? What negotiations, if any, have been entered into with the States in this matter? Will the Government also consider the provision of immediate emergency grants to the States to meet the much publicised acute shortage of class rooms that threatens the educational future of thousands of students, especially in higher secondary education?

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