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Wednesday, 19 April 1972
Page: 1213


Senator DAVIDSON (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Education and Science. I refer to a report in an Adelaide newspaper which referred to what was described as a deterioration in spelling and which further carried a comment by a Melbourne high school headmaster that 'bad spelling is a nuisance and embarrassing socially - but it is nol significant educationally.' I ask the Minister whether the Department has any agreement with this point of view. Does he not feel that for communication to be effective, correctness and consistency in spelling are essential? Will the Department confer with State departments of education to determine forms of spelling that are accepted as correct, not careless, and significant educationally?


Senator WRIGHT - Insofar as the Federal Government has responsibility for education. I am sure the Department and the Minister are quite conscious of the fact that spelling is a simple aid to the language which we use to understand each other. As to giving guidance to State authorities, 1 cannot offer any enthusiasm or courage. I would trespass upon that province with great reluctance.







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