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Thursday, 11 October 1973
Page: 2026

Mr MALCOLM FRASER (Wannon) - I move:

After the definition of " Australian Capital Territory ', insert the following definition: " ' Australian Education Council ' consists of the Australian Minister and every State Minister.".

By the amendment that I have moved, the Opposition seeks to add to the list of definitions a definition of 'Australian Education Council' which, as honourable members will know, consists of the Commonwealth Minister for Education together with the Ministers for Education of the various States. It is the view of the Opposition that, because the matters under examination by the Schools Commission will affect all schools, the administration of State Departments of Education and the provinces under the responsibility of State

Ministers, the consultative procedures should be guaranteed by the Bill itself. Therefore the Opposition believes that there are certain places where the Australian Education Council ought to be given a positive role in the Bill itself. For that reason, and for the sake of clarity, we seek to have a definition of the Australian Education Council included in the list of definitions.

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