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Thursday, 13 April 1972
Page: 1076

Senator RAE (TASMANIA) - My question, which I address to the Minister representing the Minister for Education and Science, follows the question I asked yesterday about the teaching of Asian languages and cultures in secondary schools in Australia. Can the Minister supply any further information about steps which have been taken for the teaching of some Asian studies in secondary and tertiary institutions in Tasmania?

Senator WRIGHT - I am pleased to inform my colleague that specific information has reached me since 1 answered his question yesterday. A course was introduced at the Launceston Matriculation College last year for the teaching of Japanese. A number of secondary schools have introduced the teaching of Indonesian. The Australian Universities Commission bas authorised the University of Tasmania to establish a chair for the teaching of the Indonesian language. The University has not yet been able to establish that chair, but it has it under consideration.

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