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Wednesday, 21 April 1971

Senator GREENWOOD - The Minister for Immigration has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

If the honourable senator has in mind the special classes established in the community for the instruction of Greek children in Greek language and Greek culture, I can inform him that no Commonwealth funds are being expended for this purpose. The honourable senator will be of course aware that children of Greek origin are included amongst the migrant children who receive special instruction in the English language under the child migrant education programme. Already this financial year the Commonwealth has committed under this programme payments to State Education Departments and the independent school authorities of some $1.4m dollars for the salaries of special teachers and the provision of equipment for classrooms. Separately the Commonwealth is meeting the cost of training courses for teachers and the provision of teaching and learning materials.

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