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Tuesday, 28 April 1987
Page: 2071

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in the Parliament assembled.

This Petition of the Undersigned Citizens of Australia respectfully showeth that:

1. The introduction of an administrative charge for annual enrolment will restrict access to higher education for a range of disadvantaged groups, particularly women, rural dwellers and some low income earners.

2. Students will be deterred from study because of the probable escalation in the charge in future Budgets, prohibiting students' ability to plan the long term costs of their education.

3. The introduction of an administrative charge is contrary to the education provisions of the ALP/ACTU Accord and ALP policy which states that the party `will maintain the provision of free tertiary education.'

Your petitioners therefore pray that the legislation providing for the annual administrative charge for higher education students be repealed.

Your petitioners as in duty bound shall ever humbly pray.

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