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Wednesday, 3 June 1970

Mr TURNERpresented from certain citizens of the Commonwealth a petition showing that the Commonwealth Parliament has acted to remove some inadequacies in the Australian education system: a major inadequacy at present in Australian education is the lack of equal education opportunity for all: 200.000 students from universities, colleges of advanced education and other tertiary institutions, and their parents suffer severe penalty from inade quacies in the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936-1968: and Australia cannot afford to hinder the education of these 200,000 Australians.

The petitioners pray that the House of Representatives make legal provision for the allowance of personal education expenses as a deduction from income for tax purposes: removal of the present age limit in respect of the deduction for education expenses and the maintenance allowance for students: increase in the amount of deduction allowable for tertiary education expenses; increase in the maintenance allowance for students: and exemption of nonbonded scholarships, for part-time students from income tax.

Petition received and read.

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