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Tuesday, 9 May 1961

Mr BEAZLEY (FREMANTLE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - My question is directed to the Minister for Territories. I ask whether Dr. E. J. Wright, Assistant Director of Medical Training in the Papua and New Guinea Department of Health, expressed the aim of the Administration in Papua and New Guinea when he said, concerning the Papuan Medical College, that it was the purpose - to establish to university standards, a medical college and teaching hospitals together with nursing and ancillary medical services of the standard required to supply adequately the medical needs of the country.

Is it the aim of the Administration to raise the entry requirements from the equivalent of the Intermediate to the equivalent of Matriculation? If so, can this aim be achieved if the basis of teaching recruitment policy for the schools of Papua and New Guinea is to be the selection of men and women from Australia at standards of education much lower than those required for teachers in the States and with a training period much shorter?

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