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CHIPP SLAMS EDUCATION PLANNERS

"If the Westminster system prevailed in Australia, every Education .

Minister, State and Federal, would have to resign", Senator Don Chipp,

Leader of the Australian Democrats, said today.

Senator Chipp was responding to reports that more than 16,000

teachers around the nation are currently unable to find full time

employment. The teachers are blaming both Federal and State Governments

for what they describe as inept staff planning and the refusal by

Education Departments to fill existing vacancies.

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"The chronic problem of empire-building by Education Department

bureaucrats is(bad enough, but with over 16,000 teachers unemployed

the inefficiency of education planners in this country appears to have

reached new heights. The idea of the Westminster system is to have

ministerial and therefore parliamentary control over the bureaucracy

and thereby prevent excesses such as these", Senator Chipp said.

"The Governments concerned must make every effort to ensure that all .

available vacancies are immediately filled by qualified teachers,

regardless of the petty regulations which are apparently preventing

this at the moment. More adequate plans for the-long term are also

obviously a matter of priority." ,

CANBERRA, '

3 FEBRUARY 1982

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT SENATOR CHIPP (03) 613137 OR MAX EDWARDS (03) 613064; a.h. (03)- 288.9476