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Thursday, 1 March 1973
Page: 109

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 the Australian Education Council's Report on the Survey into Educational Needs has established serious deficiencies in the State's education services.

(b)   That these can be summarised as a lack of suitable classroom accommodation, teacher shortage, oversized classes, inadequate equipment and facilities.

(c)   That the additional sum of one thousand four hundred and forty three million dollars is required over the next five years by the States for these needs.

(d)   That without massive additional Federal finance the State School system will face disintegration and with it the Nation.

Your petitioners most humbly pray that the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled will take immediate steps to -

Ensure that finance from the Commonwealth will be given to the States for their public education services which provide schooling for seventy.-eight per cent of Australia's children.

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

Petition received.







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