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Thursday, 29 October 1970


Mr BRYANT (Wills) - I would like to add a word to this debate. One of the points that I made earlier was that Canberra in some ways is a special community. We ought to use it as a laboratory on this instance. It is an area in which the community is more or less self contained. We can get at it in one go. The people are intensely interested in almost every area of social enterprise. But when, on the other argument, we pose the question of putting members of Parliament on the Council of the Canberra College of Advanced Education, it is said: 'Well, it belongs to Canberra'. So, when we suggest: 'Let us put some local Canberra people on it', we find that for some strange reason they have some disability which does not fit them to become the equivalent of, say, our colleague the Minister for Education and Science (Mr N. H. Bowen) who has been whipped from the Bar, lobbed in here and is now capable and competent to administer Australian education and science. There is some mystical difference between him and the rest of us and between him now and when he was an ordinary citizen back home. The honourable member for Denison (Dr Solomon) would not even put him on the local kindergarten association apparently from what he had to say about ordinary citizens in these matters. Surely the principles that we apply to ministerial representatives as the representatives of elected people should be applied in this instance also. If we could only start, as my friend from Fremantle (Mr Beazley) suggests, and set up attitudes and systems which could flow throughout the rest of the community, we would be doing a great service to Australian education.

Question put:

That the amendment (Mr Beazley's) be agreed to.







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