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Monday, 16 September 1985
Page: 537

The Clerk-Petitions have been lodged for presentation as follows:

Australian Capital Territory: Teacher Staffing

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

The petition of the undersigned citizens, teachers, parents and students working in and for the interests of government schools and TAFE colleges showeth that.

1. We oppose the proposed cuts of 75 teaching and 40 ancilliary positions in ACT government schools and 28 teaching positions in ACT TAFE colleges.

2. We deplore the cuts to public education and the harm caused to the opportunities of thousands of Canberra's youth.

3. We call on the Commonwealth Government to honour its primary obligation to public education and its commitments to increase participation and equity in education by not implementing staffing cuts in ACT government schools and TAFE colleges.