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Tuesday, 17 March 1987
Page: 898

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. We the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth that:

We strongly disapprove of the Commonwealth Sex Discrimination Act 1984 as it applies to Sport for Students under the age of 12 years because:

1. The Act now discriminates against boys in that for a temporary period it will be only permissable to have Girls and Open Divisions.

2. Following the `temporary period' when there will only be an Open Division Girls will then be discriminated against for history and recent surveys prove that Boys perform better than Girls in most sports even at this age.

We desire that the Act be changed to allow for three (3) Divisions:

1. BOYS-Boys competing together.

2. GIRLS-Girls competing together.

3. OPEN-Boys and Girls competing together if they wish to.

This would rectify any past anomalies if in fact there were any.

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