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Wednesday, 19 April 1972
Page: 1209

Senator O'BYRNE - I present the following petition:

To the Honourable the President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth:

(a)   That the Australian Education Council's report on the needs of government education services has established serious deficiencies in education, the most important areas being a severe shortage of teachers, inadequate accommodation, and, as a result, oversized classes.

(b)   That extra Federal finance is urgently required to save the government school system.

(c)   That while the needs of the government schools are being neglected, large amounts of public money are being given, in various and numerous grants, to private schools.

Your petitioners most humbly pray that the Senate in Parliament assembled will take immediate steps to make emergency Federal finance available to the States for Stale school education, and divert the large sums of public money being spent on private schools, to the government school system for which the government is specifically responsible.

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

Petition received and read.

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