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Wednesday, 8 December 1971
Page: 4267

Mr CROSS (BRISBANE. QLD) - 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)   the Commonwealth Parliament has acted to remove some inadequacies in the Australian Education system.

(b)   a major inadequacy at present in Australian education is the lack of equal educa.ion opportunity for all.

(c)   200,000 students from Universities, Colleges of Advanced Education and other Tertiary Institutions, and their parents suffer severe penalty from inadequacies in the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936-1968.

(d)   Austalia cannot afford to hinder the education of these 200,000 Australians

Your petitioners request that your honorable House make legal provision for -

1.   The allowance of personal education expenses as a deduction from income for tax purposes.

2.   Removal of the present agc limit in respect of the deduction for education expenses and the maintenance allowance for students

3.   Increase in the amount of deduction allowable for tertiary education expenses.

4.   Exemption of non-bonded scholarships, for part-time students from income tax.

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

Petition received.

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