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Tuesday, 23 October 1973
Page: 2482

To the Honourable the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled.

The petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully shows:

1.   Your petitioners believe in the principle that every Australian child, irrespective of the school he attends, is entitled to economic support for his basic educational needs from the funds placed at the disposal of the Australian government through taxation. Further, they believe that this economic support should be in the form of per capita grants, which arc directly related to the cost of educating an Australian child in a government school.

2.   Your petitioners believe that in addition to this basic per capita grant additional assistance should be provided in cases of educational disadvantage.

3.   The reduction of the existing per capita grants will impose great hardships on many parents who have chosen, at personal sacrifice, to send their sons and daughters to independent schools.

4.   Parents should be encouraged to contribute to education. The proposed legislation penalises those who do contribute, and endorses the aparthy of those who do not contribute.

Your petitioners therefore ask that the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled should acknowledge the right of every Australian child to equal per capita grants of government money spent on education, and so instruct the proposed National Schools Commission.

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

Petition received.







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