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Tuesday, 25 November 1986
Page: 3634

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

We, the undersigned express our deepest concern over the government's discriminatory policies on overseas students which were contained in the 1986/87 Federal Budget. We register our strongest outrage and opposition to:

1. The introduction and subsequent increase of overseas students charge imposed on overseas students.

2. The proposed imposition of fees to secondary and TAFE overseas students.

3. The restrictive quota system on the tertiary institutions entry.

4. The heavy-handed deportation of overseas students who fail to pay their fees in time.

The overseas students program is an important education program to promote international goodwill and peace, especially among nations of Asia and Pacific region. The above mentioned policies have adverse effects on the objectives of overseas students program. Your petitioners therefore urge that the overseas students policies in the 1986-87 Budget be immediately reviewed.

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