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Thursday, 27 June 1996
Page: 2314

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

The humble Petition of the Citizens of Australia, respectfully showeth:

That we:

(1) Affirm the importance of quality education for all the children of this Commonwealth of Australia irrespective of their religion, nationality or sex;

(2) Support the rights of parents to have freedom of choice of the school for their child;

(3) Support the right of all non-government schools to maintain their distinctive moral values and foundational ethos;

(4) Support the freedom of choice in staffing of all Churches and religious organisations.

(5) Support freedom of religion and the right of all Churches and religious organisations to maintain their distinctive foundational ethos.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that the Senate oppose any attempts to introduce legislation that would jeopardise these freedoms and rights and which would force Schools, Churches and religious institutions to compromise their distinctive moral values and foundational ethos.

And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray:

Senator Sandy Macdonald