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Dr Southcott, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1) notes the problems and possibilities identified in the report Maximising Australia's Asia Knowledge: repositioning and renewal of a national asset, prepared by the Asian Studies Association of Australia;

(2) recognises that the national interest is served by the knowledge Australians have of their world and particularly of their own diverse, complex region; and

(3) commends efforts by governments, educational institutions, businesses and voluntary associations to renew, enhance and extend Australian knowledge of Asia.

Debate ensued.

The time allotted for the debate having expired, the debate was interrupted, the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting, and Mr L. D. T. Ferguson was granted leave to continue his speech when the debate is resumed.