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Monday, 9 September 1996
Page: 3035


Senator PANIZZA —by leave—I present to the Senate the following petition, from nine citizens, which is not in conformity with the standing orders as it is not in the correct form:

To the honourable Speaker and members of the House of Representatives assembled in parliament

The petition of citizens of Australia draws to the attention of the House the severe loss of training places, services and assistance which will be suffered by the most disadvantaged members of our communities following the recent funding cut of 33.3 per cent to the SkillShare Program and lack of commitment to the SkillShare Program beyond September 1996.

Your petitioners therefore request the House to intercede on our behalf to ensure that any funding cuts to the SkillShare Program be strongly opposed to ensure that the level of services, training places and assistance for those who need it most be maintained.