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Friday, 25 September 1970

(a)   the Commonwealth Parliament has acted to remove some inadequacies in the Australian

Education system.

(c)   more than 500,000 children suffer from serious lack of equal opportunity.

(d)   Australia cannot afford to waste the talents of one sixth of its school children.

(e)   only the Commonwealth has the financial resources for special programmes to remove inequalities.

(f)   nations such as the United Kingdom and the United States have shown that the chief impetus for change and the finance for improvement come from the National Government.

Your petitioners request that your honourable House make legal provision for-

1.   a joint Commonwealth State inquiry into inequalities in Australian education to obtain evidence on which to base long-term national programmes for the elimination of inequalities.

2.   the immediate financing of special programmes for low income earners, migrants, Aborigines, rural and inner suburban dwellers and handicapped children.

3.   the provision of pre-school opportunities for all chidren from culturally different or socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

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

Petition received and read.

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