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Thursday, 29 October 1970


Mr Keith Johnson (BURKE, VICTORIA) - I present the following petition:

To the honourable the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of citizens of the Commonwealth respectfully sheweth:

Whereas -

(a)   The Commonwealth Parliament has acted to remove some inadequacies in the Australian education system;

(b)   a major inadequacy at present in Australian education is the lack of equal education opportunity for all;

(c)   more than 300,000 children suffer from serious lack of equal opportunity;

(d)   Australia cannot afford to waste the talents of one-sixth of its school children;

(e)   only the Commonwealth has the financial resources for special programmes to remove inequalities;

(f)   nations such as the United Kingdom and the United States have shown that the chief impetus for change and the finance for improvement come from the National Government.

Your petitioners request that your honourable House make legal provision for -

1.   A joint Commonwealth-State inquiry into inequalities in Australian education to obtain evidence on which to base long term national programmes for the elimination of inequalities.

2.   The immediate financing of special pro grammes for low income earners, migrants, Aborigines, rural and inner suburban dwellers and handicapped children.

3.   The provision of pre-school opportunities for all children from culturally different or socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

And your petitioners, as in duly bound, will ever pray.

Petition received and read.







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