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Wednesday, 17 October 1973
Page: 2310

Mr Lynch asked the Minister for Immigration, upon notice:

(1)   How does the concept of citizenship currently taught in the Australian States and Territories differ from the course envisaged by him in his answer to my question No. 94 (Hansard, 1 May 1973, page 1537).

(2)   Has he taken any steps in conjunction with the Minister for Education and the -Minister for the Environment and Conservation to implement the course he feels is desirable.

(3)   When does he envisage schools will begin using the amended course.

Mr Grassby - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   I should like to see greater emphasis placed in existing courses on the realisation of Australian history, on appreciation of our heritage and the development of a sense of responsibility towards the environment.

(2)   and (3) I have had a preliminary exchange of views with the Minister for Education and the question is to be further considered between us. In addition, I propose that the matters should be examined by the Migrant Education Committee of the Immigration Advisory Council.

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