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Wednesday, 17 October 1984
Page: 1815

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate assembled. The petition of the undersigned respectfully showeth that:

Prior to the election in 1983,

1. In response to a question sent to him from the Ethnic Communities Council of N.S.W., Mr Hawke, as leader of the Labor Party, promised he would support a substantial increase in the number of English-as-a-second-language-teachers in schools to the extent of $1.7 million, to give ethnic schools an increase from the present $30 to $45 per pupil.

2. Further, at a pre-election public meeting both Mr Hawke and Senator Ryan repeated this promise.

We believe that Mr Hawke as Prime Minister should now fulfil both these promises to the ethnic communities.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.