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Chairman for Australian National Commission for Unesco

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16 March 1984


The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wollongong, Dr Ken McKinnon, has

been appointed Chairman of the Australian National Commission for Unesco

for two years from 12 March 1984.

He replaces Professor Ronald Gates, A.O., who was Chairman from 1 January

1981 to 31 December 1983.

In announcing Dr McKinnon’s appointment, the Minister for Education and

Youth Affairs, Senator Susan Ryan, said he had already been a member of

the National Commission and had some years of involvement with Unesco

activities, going back to his work with the Department of Education in

Papua New Guinea from 1966-73.

”1 believe Dr McKinnon will be able to provide the Commission with the

leadership necessary in Australia to complement the work which our

Ambassador to Unesco is undertaking in Paris” , she said. Dr McKinnon,

53, lead the Australian delegation to the last Unesco regional conference

of Ministers of Education in Asia and the Pacific held in Sri Lanka in


Dr McKinnon, who is also the Chairman of the State Board of Education in

Victoria, was Chairman of the Australian Schools Commission from 1974-81

and he has been a member of the Australia Council for the Arts and the

Australia Council.

The Australian National Commission for Unesco has 58 members and it is

responsible for advising the Government on all the international program

activities of Unesco.

It co-ordinates Australian participation in Unesco seminars and training

workshops in the Asia and the Pacific region, and provides information in

Australia on Unesco activities.