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Wednesday, 28 February 1973
Page: 31

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The humble Petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully sheweth:

(a)   That surveys have shown that a substantial percentage of children in Australia have learning disabilities, and therefore require suitable remedial education.

(b)   That remedial services for these children in Australian Pre-School and State Primary, Secondary and Technical schools are seriously impoverished by lack of funds.

(c)   That shortages of School Medical Officers, clinical and educational psychologists, child psychiatrists, speech therapists, social workers and remedial teachers are causing frustration, unhappiness and emotional instability for large numbers of individual children and their families.

(d)   That in many cases there is a correlation between educational failure and juvenile delinquency, with a resultant economic loss to the community.

Your Petitioners most humbly pray that the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled will take immediate action to provide sufficient funds for the States to finance the setting up and maintenance throughout Australia of:

1.   Special training courses for experienced teachers in remedial education for children with learning disabilities, at all levels. (Pre-school, infant, primary, secondary and technical.)

2.   Fully-equipped multi-disciplinary regional resource centres.

3.   Special training facilities for child psychiatrists, clinical and educational psychologists (and development of graduate programmes designed to produce an adequate number of highly qualified diagnosticians in all areas of learning disabilities).

4.   Multi-disciplinary research into all aspects of learning disabilities.

And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray. by Mr Beazley.

Petition received.







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