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Monday, 30 March 1987
Page: 1682

To the Right Honourable Speaker and the Honourable Members of the House of Representatives in the assembled parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia. We the humble petitioners, who are citizens or residents of the Commonwealth of Australia respectfully showeth:

That the introduction of an Administration Charge of $250 for higher education students as specified in the Appropriation Bill 1986-1987 (Volume 1, page 98) is a regressive step for the education system;

That the introduction of an Administration Charge would force certain students (eg. Part-time, mature age and full-time students who are from lower income families and who are just above the cutoff level to receive Tertiary Education Assistance) to withdraw from studies and thereby destroy the opportunity for them to complete their education;

That the Administration Charge is a form of Tuition Fee and as such put an end to the principle of free education for all;

That the Administration Charge could stop some prospective students from entering higher education and as a result deny them the opportunity of acquiring an award;

That the Administration Charge is an additional tax that will be a burden for students greatly.

We, the humble petitioners hereby request you to amend the Appropriation Bill 1986-1987, so that the system of free education for all students will continue.

And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.

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