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Monday, 26 May 1997
Page: 3986

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in Parliament:

The petition of certain citizens of Sydney calls to the attention of the House that the Minister for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs proposes to:

   make changes to the Higher Education Contribution Scheme so that repayments of the loan cut in at an earlier time;

   cut funding to Austudy so that fewer students are eligible;

   cut funding to universities, TAFE and schools so that fewer courses will be offered and fewer students will be able to attend;

   cut funding to assist students with disabilities, effectively denying them access to education.

Your petitioners therefore request the House to direct the Minister for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs to revoke the decision to cut funding in these areas and restore the funding to previous levels.

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