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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4523

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for Education and Science, upon notice:

What was the outcome of the meeting in October 1971 between the Directors-General of Education and the Secretary of his Department to discuss the report of the Advisory Committee on the Teaching of Asian Languages and Cultures, which his predecessor sent to the State Education Ministers in October 1970. (Hansard, 28th September 1971, page 1602).

Mr Malcolm Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The meeting referred to by the honourable member is one held annually by the DirectorsGeneral of Education, part of which is attended by the Secretary of my Department. The proceedings of these meetings are not made public. However, I am able to say that a small sub-committee consisting of Comonwealth and State representatives has been set up to draft a programme on the teaching of Asian languages and cultures for joint Commonwealth-State consideration.

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