Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
 Download Full Day's HansardDownload Full Day's Hansard    View Or Save XMLView/Save XML

Previous Fragment    Next Fragment
Tuesday, 30 November 1971
Page: 3785

Mr BARNARD (BASS, TASMANIA) -I present the following petition:

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of citizens of the Commonwealth respectfully sheweth:

Whereas -

(a)   Parents have the right to choose their children's education and as taxpayers they are entitled to ask that public funds to which their taxes have contributed should be shared justly and equitably for the education of all children.

(b)   The Commonwealth Parliament has accepted the principle of an independent school system in Australia and has also accepted the principle that those schools should be assisted from public funds.

(c)   The very existence of a large number of independent schools is now threatened due to the changes in economic circumstances and due to the increased demands on the resources of these schools.

(d)   The reduction of the number of independent schools in Australia will effectively deprive many taxpaying parents of their right to choose an alternative type of education for their children.

(e)   The closure of a number of independent schools will result in serious overcrowding in and further deterioration in the standard of government schools.

(f)   It is in the interest of all school pupils whether in government or independent schools that the independent school system should survive and function efficiently and effectively.

(g)   The absence of any increase in capitation grants by the Commonwealth since 1969. notwithstanding the great increase in costs since then, has created serious problems for independent schools.

Your petitioners request that your honourable

House make legal provision for -

1.   An emergency increase in capitation grants for independent schools to enable them to survive without increasing fees beyond the capacity of parents to pay.

2.   A just and equitable means of increased support for all schools both government and independent to the intent that such support should be integrated into the economic and financial planning of Australia' and that the question of proper support of both Government and independent schools should cease to be a matter of political debate and expediency.

Petition received and read.

Suggest corrections