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Friday, 2 December 1983
Page: 3193

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled. The petition from parents representing the government schools in New South Wales respectfully showeth that:

1. They call on the Federal Government to re-affirm publicly that its primary obligation is to government schools.

2. They support the Federal Government's policy decisions which have reduced funding to wealthy private schools and which have broken the nexus between government and non-government school costs.

3. They endorse the Federal Government's opposition to the provision of a 'base grant' to all non-government schools.

4. They ask that the Federal Government create a general recurrent resource base which is adequate for government schools through the provision of increased recurrent funding.

5. They call upon the Federal Government to negotiate agreements with State/ Territory Governments which will ensure a planned programme of improvements in government schools throughout the coming decade.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.