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Tuesday, 30 April 1968

Mr Webb asked the Minister for External Affairs, upon notice:

1.   ls it his intention to form a pool of technical assistance to help developing countries?

2.   If so, are Australian teachers being trained to fulfil Australia's obligations of aid to developing countries?

3.   Are sufficient teachers forthcoming from existing courses?

4.   Will he state (a) what teachers are in developing countries, (b) what type of assistance they are giving, and (c) from what departments they are drawn?

Mr Hasluck - The answers to the honourable member's questions are as follows:

1.   Australian technical assistance is already being extended to developing countries under a number of aid programmes such as the Colombo Plan. It has not been found necessary or practical to establish a technical assistance pool to meet all our aid obligations, but last year Australia agreed to set up a register of expert services as part of its participation in ASPAC. The administrative arrangements to operate the register are being worked out at present.

2.   Teachers are not trained specifically for assignments under Australian aid programmes.

3.   Although the Government from time to time has found difficulty in obtaining the services of as many teachers as it needs, it has been possible to make a substantial contribution to education in the developing countries.


(c)   Teachers serving under Australia's external aid programmes are generally recruited from State government departments of education and technical education with the exception of secondary teachers for Zambia and East Africa who are recruited under the Scheme for Commonwealth Co-operation in Education. The latter teachers are engaged directly upon successful completion of university degree courses.

Papua and New Guinea (Question No. 183)

Mr Hayden asked the Minister for

External Territories, upon notice:

In view of the success of the developing legislative reference service which the Parliamentary

Library provides to this Parliament and the recommendation made by Professor Meller of the University of Hawaii, who has great knowledge of colonial legislatures throughout the Pacific, will he reconsider the possibility of providing a legislative reference service, including legally and statistically qualified officers, for the House of Assembly for the Territory of Papua and New Guinea, such service to be under the control of the Speaker of that House?

Mr Barnes - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

In accordance with established parliamentary practice proposals in connection with the staff of the House of Assembly are made by the Speaker of that House. Any proposals the new Speaker may make designed to assist indigenous members who do not speak English to understand the procedures of the House will receive immediate consideration.

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