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Tuesday, 28 September 1971
Page: 1601


Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for Education and Science, upon notice:

Are statistics available from the 1971 Census on the number and percentage of 15, 16, "17 and 18 year-olds in full-time education. (Hansard, 30 October 1970, page 3188).


Mr Malcolm Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The Acting Commonwealth Statistician has advised that the statistics requested by the honourable member will not be available for some considerable lime. 1 will supply them to the honourable member when they become available.

Advisory Committee on the Teaching of Asian Languages and Cultures (Question No. 3656) Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for Education and Science, upon notice:

(1)   Have he and the State Education Ministers met to discuss the report of the Advisory Committee on the Teaching of Asian Languages and Cultures which his predecessor sent them in October 1970 and which he tabled on 31st March 1971.

(2)   If so, what was the dale and outcome of the discussion.


Mr Malcolm Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) My predecessor had some brief discussion of the Report with State Ministers at the meeting of the Australian Education Council held in Brisbane on 27th and 28th May. It was agreed that the Directors-General of Education would meet with the Secretary of my Department to discuss the Report and to prepare proposals for consideration by the Governments. The meeting will take place during October.







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