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Monday, 27 September 1993
Page: 1156

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

This petition of citizens and residents of Australia draws to the attention of the House the importance of the principle of equality of opportunity in higher education provision, and accordingly supports the progressive expansion of public funding for education programs, and opposes any increase in present levels of fees or payments levied upon participants in education.

Specifically, we the undersigned oppose:

(i)any increase in the basic rate of HECS debt accumulation;

(ii)any move to impose different rates of HECS debt accumulation proportional to cost of course provision; and

(iii)any move to increase rates of HECS debt accumulation in proportion to speculation about lifetime earnings associated with particular disciplines.

We strongly urge the Government and the Senate to focus upon the importance of free, public, accessible education to a just and democratic society.