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Wednesday, 17 July 1946

Mr CHIFLEY (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Prime Minister) - This proposal has been "the subject of discussion between the Australian Teachers. Federation, the Minister for Post-war Reconstruction and the Director of Education. It has been intimated to the Federation that, although the Commonwealth Government is willing to provide facilities for educational research or conferences, it it not prepared to make a direct contribution towards defraying the expenses of such gatherings. Australia was one of the first of the nations to accept the constitution of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. I believe that a conference of that body is to be held next November. Australia will be properly represented at it. In the circumstances, the Commonwealth is not prepared to make a direct financial contribution of the kind suggested by the honorable member.

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