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Thursday, 11 November 1976
Page: 2598

Mr INNES -I direct a question to the Minister representing the Minister for Education. He will be aware that the House of Representatives Select Committee on Specific Learning Difficulties in its report which was tabled on 14 October discussed the Macquarie University's special education centre at some length and, on page 51, made this point:

The location of the Centre in a teacher training institution enables the resources to be available to assist both preservice and in-service training of teachers. This would appear to the Committee an economic use of resources.

I ask the Minister Does the present Government intend to develop similar institutions across Australia so that improvements in teacher education can take place in the area of learning difficulties? If the Minister is incapable of answering the question I hope I get an answer a little more promptly than I did to the previous question which I asked.

Mr VINER (STIRLING, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs) - The position of my colleague in the other place, the Minister for Education, in regard to this matter is not personally known to me. I shall inquire of him the position and provide the honourable gentleman with an answer.

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