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Thursday, 2 December 1971
Page: 3971

Mr BERINSON (PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) -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 community of the University of Western Australia respectfully sheweth: that the increase in tertiary education fees for 1972 will cause increased hardship for a significant proportion of tertiary students.

That tertiary fees and concomitant living costs are a formidable barrier preventing significant numbers of students entering tertiary education who nevertheless have the ability to doso.

That the increase in tertiary fees for 1972 is immoral, in that Universities and Colleges of Advanced Education are being further restricted to that minimal section of the Australian population who can afford to send their sons and daughters onto higher education.

That all education should be free including tertian education.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that the Federal Government take immediate action to introduce in order of priority:

1.   Universal Commonwealth Scholarships

2.   Commonwealth Scholarships on the basis of need rather than academic ability

3.   Abolition of tertiary fees

And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.

Petition received.

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