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Debates Day 4 - 20 August 1975



Debates Day 4 - 20 August 1975

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Parliamentary Record 5


Northern Territory. Department of the Legislative Assembly


Debates for 1st Assembly 1974 - 1977; Parliamentary Record; ParliamentNT; 1st Assembly 1974 - 1977




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pages 457 - 498

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Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory



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496 qualified teachers of violin, viola, flute and cello. The teachers appointed will be required to give instructions to groups of 4 or 5 pupils in primary and secondary schools in the metropolitan area. The applicants should include all relevant information regarding training and experience, as well as full personal particulars. It gives a salary range of between six and a half thousand to over twelve thousand. They get a demonstration allowance of $425 for the first year and $513 for subsequent years. The usual conditions for teachers regarding holiday, sick leave, superannuation and long service will apply. I have made some further enquiries and it does appear that the advertisement is in fact what is accepted in South Australia. Suitable people with music teaching qualifications are accepted by the South Australian Education Department and are teaching in the schools. The kids in South Australia are in the happy position, if they are of that bent, of being able to qualify in music. Armed with this information, I am again aghast at the policy here which does not allow qualified music teachers to be employed. Miss Andrew: The unions are the first problem. Mrs LA WRIE: I am aware of the union problem. It is also a department policy which has never changed, despite 4 years of entreaty and every other approach that I could make. If South Australia can do it, and if the kids in South Australia can get good sound musical teaching, it is about time the Territory woke up to itself, the CTS woke up to itself and had another look at their stupid, restrictive practices. Our kids are missing out on what should be a natural part of their education. Despite the restriction, the kids are getting a basic music grounding by the use of the few qualified people that the department has plus part-time teachers who are doing a tremendous job. However, 4 years after I raised the subject initially, there is no hope of a music course as a part of the secondary school syllabus being introduced in the Northern Territory and I say that this is disgraceful. On a happier note, honourable members will be aware that I have approached the Department of Education regarding the keeping open of schools in the long Christmas break because of the obvious social disability we are suffering, and I asked if they would agree to approaching Treasury for the employment of salaried people to supervise the kids attending these centres. I have received what I can DEBATES-Wednesday 20 August 1975 only describe as a most encouraging reply from the Department of Education. They say that they are conscious of the difficulties which are being faced at the present time by youngsters living in make-shift accommodation and the additional pressures they will face in the vacation period. The department indicates that it has already taken some action in the matter in that 6 home liaison officers have been appointed to give support to families experiencing difficulties, that an out of school activities officer continues to provide financial and other support to groups operating after school hours and that three additional officers are being sought to enable Brown's Mart to expand their activities. Allowance has been made in estimates to continue support for YMCA and YWCA programmes. They indicate that school buildings and resources will be made available during both terms and vacation periods. The most hopeful sign yet is in answer to my specific query about finance. I pointed out in my letter that it is unreal to expect volunteers to work in the position of some trust and responsibility for a 6 to 8 week period. The Acting Director of Education has replied, "We would be able to pay a program coordinator for each centre and provide salary for part-time instructors in various special areas. The hardware resources of the schoolprojectors, record players, tape recorders, kilns etc-would be available and provision has been made for some art and craft material." That is the best news from the education field that I have has this year. I was greatly concerned at the coming school vacation. Every vacation has its own specific problems but, with up to 90 per cent of the mothers working to preserve their sanity, and with home facilities at the very least unsuitable for kids, I envisaged another minidisaster in January-the long school break, inclement weather, kids with time on their hands and left completely to their own resources. I would like to congratulate the department for the direction which they are apparently taking. I am sure that honourable members who have suburban electorates in Darwin will offer any support the Education Department may need for such a scheme to be setup. Perhaps, I should go on to quote another part of the letter where the Director says, "The community at large has some responsibility, as you suggest, and we as a department are only too happy to co-operate with any

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