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Thursday, 11 May 1972
Page: 2403

Mr BEAZLEY (FREMANTLE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) -I ask a question of the Minister for Education and Science relating to the Auchmuty report of the Commonwealth Advisory Committee on the Teaching of Asian Languages and Cultures in Australia in secondary and tertiary education which I think was presented to the Government when he was originally Minister in charge of this portfolio. I ask the honourable gentleman: What action has been taken to implement the findings of that Committee?

Mr Malcolm Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) - The report was not presented to the Government when I was previously in this portfolio but the Committee was established at (hat time. The report was made some time later. Since then there have been detailed discussions between State and Commonwealth education officials to consider what plan of action ought to be drawn up in relation to the teaching of Asian languages. This matter will be discussed at the Australian Education Council meeting to be held later this month. I cannot predict what might come out of that meeting. This matter is being discussed and the report of the officials will be brought to the attention of Ministers at that meeting.

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