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Tuesday, 10 September 1996
Page: 3129

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

The humble petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth:

That we are opposed to any moves to cut funding to universities.

We believe that funding cuts to universities can only have a negative impact on society and will impede the development of our Nation.

Furthermore, we are opposed to any increases to the annual amount payable by students via the Higher Education Contribution Scheme.

We believe that increases to HECS will discourage individuals from enrolling in universities.

We believe that university entry should be based upon relative merit, not relative wealth.

We believe that education has a direct social and economic benefit and appropriate levels of funding should be made available from public revenue.

Your petitioners therefore humbly petition that you will not cut funding to universities or increase HECS fees. And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever ask.