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Thursday, 9 May 1985
Page: 1969

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth:

(1) That it was announced in May 1982 that the Commonwealth Tertiary Education Commission is to provide $2.7 million over the next three years to institutions in all mainland States and the ACT to specially fund the study of certain modern foreign languages.

(2) That the study of the Lithuanian language was excluded from the said allocation.

(3) That the Lithuanian community in Australia was led to believe that Lithuanian would be taught at at least one Australian university as a result of the findings of multicultural and migrant education published by the Australian Institute of Multicultural Affairs in September 1980.

(4) That Lithuanian is taught at secondary level in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia and apart from its relevance to the present Lithuanian community is an extremely significant language in linguistic theory.

(5) That Monash University in Victoria already has a teaching staff suitable for incorporation of a Lithuanian language department and already provides a course in Slavic and Baltic studies.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that the Commonwealth Government will make an immediate appropriation of funds to ensure the study of the Lithuanian language at one of the Australian universities, preferably Monash.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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