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Tuesday, 8 November 1977
Page: 3113

Mr E G Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) am asked the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, upon notice, on 21 April 1977:

What steps have the Australian authorities taken under Article 11 of the Migration and Settlement Agreement between Australia and Malta, which entered into force on 1 July 1970, to promote facilities and establish classes to assist Maltese migants including their families to acquire knowledge of the English language and to facilitate the integration of the children of Maltese migrants into the Australian education system and give them the opportunity of learning the Maltese language.

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

English classes are available for adult Maltese migrants as part of the overall adult migrant education program. Special funds are provided through the Schools Commission to education authorities in the States for migrant and multi-cultural education including English language classes for migrant children from non-English speaking backgrounds. The report of the Committee on the Teaching of Migrant Languages in Schools shows that a primary school in Victoria provides a course in the Maltese language. In addition, the Commonwealth funds special bridging courses for teachers trained in migrant-source countries at the State College of Victoria, Toorak, and the Sydney Teachers ' College and one Maltese teacher has enrolled for this course. A number of bilingual and multi-lingual projects also have been funded through the special projects program of the Schools Commission to encourage the exploration of the principles involved in this kind of development

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