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Wednesday, 8 December 1976

To the Honourable the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of the undersigned employees of the shipping industry in Newcastle, New South Wales, respectfully showeth:

That the socio-economic impact resulting from the decision of the Government in respect to shipbuilding and ship repair facilities at Newcastle Dockyard would be little less than disastrous.

That the region already has the highest per capita rate of unemployment in Australia and any further aggravation to the employment situation will have far-reaching implications on the community as a whole.

That the Government should reconsider its decision in the light of facts presented to the Industries Assistance Commission by the Hunter Valley Research Foundation.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that the House urge the Government to reconsider its decision in respect to shipbuilding and ship repair facilities at Newcastle Dockyard.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray. by Mr Charles Jones.

Petition received.

Symphony Orchestra in Newcastle

To the Honourable the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled, the humble petition of the undersigned citizens of the Hunter Valley Region respectfully showeth:

The lack of a resident professional symphony orchestra in Newcastle and surrounding areas, with consequent denial to the citizens of adequate provision of concerts, opera, ballet, school concerts, teaching of various orchestral instruments and career opportunities for young musicians.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that Parliament give due and early consideration to the provision of funds, in association with the New South Wales State Government, local governments and the community of this region, for the establishment and maintenance of the Hunter Symphony Orchestra, consisting initially of 40 players, located in Newcastle and serving the cultural needs of the500 000 inhabitants of the region, in accordance with the proposal and budget submitted to the Industries Assistance Commission.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray. by Mr Charles Jones.

Petition received.







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