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FOR PRESS

AUSTRALIA

CCIIIONVIEALTH TEACHING SERVICE

(Statement by the Minister for External Territories, the Hon. C.E. Barnes, M.P.)

The Minister for External Territories, TVr Barnes, said today that the new Commonwealth Teaching Service would include a complement of teachers who would be seconded to the Papua and New Guinea Teaching Service.

The Minister was commenting on two Government decisions announced today by the I.1inister for Education and Science, Mr Nigel Bowen.

Mr Barnes said that many of the Australian teachers now serving in Papua and hew Guinea would be given the opportunity of joining the Commonwealth Service.

Commonwealth teachers who were seconded to the Territory would receive credit for their service in the Territory and would retain their superannuation and other rights as members of the Commonwealth Teaching Service.

Mr Barnes said it was hoped the new arrange-ment would assist the Territory to obtain the specialist teachers it needed. It was also hoped it would encourage teachers who had accumulated experience of the special needs of the Territory to remain for longer periods.

CANBERRA. A.C.T.

FORT MORESBY. T.F.N.G.

9 OCTOBER 1970

D.E.T./4601