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Thursday, 11 November 1971
Page: 3317

Mr GRAHAM (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Has the Minister for Education and Science information for the House on the results of the policy announced some time ago related to the teaching of the English language to adults and children resident in Australia after emigration from overseas countries where English is not the lingua franca?

Mr Malcolm Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) -The Commonwealth has a concern in these matters. My colleague, the Minister for Immigration, has been largely responsible for pushing for programmes of assistance to child migrants. I do not wish to be held to ransom over the figures that I give, but I will advise the House if my recollection is not correct. It is my understanding that more than 200 teachers - I think that the figure is 230 or 240 - are actively engaged at the moment in teaching up to 20,000 children in special classes where there is a problem associated with the English language. This programme has been in operation for a relatively short space of time but I think quite good progress has been made with it. As is normal in any new programme, its operation and its effectiveness obviously are subject to review and examination. These are matters which, I am quite certain, will be watched very closely.

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