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Monday, 2 April 1984
Page: 1012

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled.

The petition of the undersigned respectfully showeth:

That your petitioners recognise that early childhood education is fundamentally important to the intellectual, emotional, social and physical development of children and that major reductions in kindergarten and preschool funding since 1976 have seriously jeopardised the future of community based early childhood education.

Your petitioners most humbly pray that the Senate in Parliament assembled should:

(i) Legislate to provide triennial Commonwealth funding for community based kindergartens and preschools.

(ii) Ensure that such funding is sufficient to cover:

(a) 100 per cent of the salaries and wages of all approved employed kindergarten and preschool staff and advisors;

(b) long service leave and sick leave payments of such staff and advisors;

(c) extended services which are operated because of the special needs in a particular area;

(d) maintenance and renewal of buildings and equipment;

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.