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Tuesday, 22 May 1973
Page: 2366

Mr WHAN (EDEN-MONARO, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I direct a question to the Minister for Education. Is it correct, as reported in this morning's 'Australian', that the proposed teacher assistance will be delayed until 1 July next year?

Mr BEAZLEY (FREMANTLE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Education) - I point out that 2 features of the report of the Cohen Committee were the timing and the amount of money recommended. The Government has accepted the timing in its report, and the assistance to teacher education will commence on 1 July this year - not 1 July next year, as was indicated, possibly because of a misprint, in the Australian' newspaper. Financially, the Government has moved far beyond the Cohen report, which recommended that the Commonwealth contribution to teacher education over the next 2i years should be $83.9m.

Instead, the Government is offering the States $188m. I take this opportunity to say that the Cohen report is a notable statement on education planning, and its implementation will contribute to the quality of teaching throughout Australia. The Australian Government thanks Dr Cohen and the Committee for their outstanding service and the State education authorities for their co-operation.

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