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Thursday, 29 May 1997
Page: 3938

To the Honourable President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled:

The Petition of the undersigned draws to the attention of the Senate that:

the Federal Coalition Government has withdrawn funding from Australia's contemporary music organisation—Ausmusic;

has ignored the findings of a 1994 Coopers and Lybrand report, which recommended Ausmusic be federally funded for a period of five years, in order that it become commercially viable;

and has jeopardised the future of Ausmusic programs, including the annual Australian Music Day, Australian Music Education Week and industry courses which are offered at more than 1,200 schools, youth training centres, technical and further education colleges and universities.

Your petitioners therefore request the Senate help reinstate Ausmusic funding as it provides valuable employment and export opportunities for young Australians.

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