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Friday, 15 June 1984
Page: 3094

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled. The petition of the undersigned students of St. John's College, University of Queensland, respectfully showeth:

1. A college residence does not only provide the necessary accommodation, but also essential academic and pastoral assistance. It is for these purposes that the recurrent grant is used and the result of the Government's decision will be that students will either have to pay more, or see a fall-off in the academic and pastoral services offered by the residence.

2. By and large the students in residential colleges are from the country. The Australian Government's commitment to broaden educational opportunities has made it more difficult to live at a college. We, the undersigned, would have faced great difficulties in both finding accommodation and settling into university studies if coming to college was not feasible.

3. That the current method of funding (i.e. that each college receives a lump sum based upon the number of residents) should be continued since-

(a) this is the fairest and simplest method of distribution of available funds; and

(b) the administration of individual student subsidies would be unreasonably and unnecessarily burdensome on the college offices concerned.

We call on this Government to review the decision taken to reduce the recurrent grant and restore the funding to the 1983 level.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.