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Tuesday, 12 October 1971
Page: 2151


Mr DRURY (RYAN, QUEENSLAND) - Is the Minister for Education and Science a member of tha Australian Education Council or does it still comprise only State Ministers for Education?


Mr Malcolm Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) - "She Commonwealth Minister has not .hitherto been a member of the Australian Education Council. He attends by invitation - not as of right - during some part of the Coun cil's deliberations. I understand that this matter was raised several months ago and, from memory, that the State Ministers wanted to have their Directors-General examine the matter. The Directors-General are currently meeting. Whether or not this is one of the matters that will be discussed, I am not too sure. The Commonwealth has interests in education, equivalent to the interests of the States, in the Northern Territory and in the Australian Capital Territory, in addition to its Commonwealth role. I would have thought that in a meeting such as this the Commonwealth should participate as of right and not by invitation, as has been the situation in the past. This matter was raised with the Council several months ago but no firm answer was received.







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