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Tuesday, 22 August 1972
Page: 223


Senator DAVIDSON (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - My question which is addressed to the Minister representing the Minister for Education and Science, refers to the statement made by the Minister in the Senate on Thursday. Does the Minister agree that the segment of that statement dealing with teacher education shows a substantial Commonwealth involvement in this sphere of education? Can he say when the further consultations referred to will be held with the State authorities to work out the details of this new support? Is the Minister aware that this section of the statement reflects a wide and favourable response by the Government to the major recommendations of the Senate Standing Committee on Education, Science and the Arts, whose report on teacher education was put down earlier this year?


Senator WRIGHT - I am very glad that Senator Davidson, as Chairman of the Senate Committee which inquired into and reported upon this matter, should notice immediately the consideration which the Minister for Education and Science has given to the Senate Committee's report on this important subject. As a result of the recommendations of the Senate Committee, of which, as I say, Senator Davidson was Chairman, my colleague, the Minister lor Education and Science, made a statement which refers to a substantially increased involvement in the question of teacher education. As to when the consultations referred to in the statement will take place, I am unable to make available any information additional to that contained in the statement. Finally, of course, It should be noted that Commonwealth assistance for teacher training in the present year has been markedly increased. I do not have the exact figure at hand at the moment, but the degree to which teacher training has been advanced over the last period has been remarkable.







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