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Tuesday, 19 August 1969

Senator RAE - Can the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration indicate what progress has been made by the expert committee set up by the Minister for Immigration to inquire into and advise as to the recognition of professional qualifications of migrants to Australia?

Senator Dame ANNABELLE RANKIN - I recall that the Minister for Immigration made a statement on this matter last March. The first meeting of the committee was held on 10th April, since when there have been three meetings. The fourth meeting is to be held on 28th August. The work of the committee is in connection with overseas professional qualifications of people coming to Australia. The task confronting it will be long and complex. I think that was understood when the committee was set up. Already it has established contact with professional associations, registration authorities, deans of faculties and principals of colleges of advanced education in Australia. It has appointed as its executive director Mr Ramsay, an officer of the Department of Education and Science. He commenced duty on 4th August. The headquarters of the committee have been established in Canberra and, as I have said, the next meeting is to be held on 28th August.

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