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Tuesday, 22 August 1972
Page: 464

To the Honourable the Speaker 'and Members of the House of Representatives "in Parliament assembled. The humble petition, pf. the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully sheweth:

(a)   . that, to allow true religious freedom, Gov ernments will make no law respecting religion, neither to prohibit the free exerciseexercise thereof nor to compel the individual citizen to support the religion, of others.

(b)   that nearly all non-State schools are church schools which to a greater or lesser degree promote a specific creed.

(c)   that, about 80 per cent -of church schools are Roman Catholic schools, which Roman Catholic spokesmen explicity state to be extensions of their church.-

(d)   that, the use of Commonwealth funds to aid church schools compels every taxpayer to finance the religion of others, whether he wishes to, or not.

Your petitioners most humbly pray that the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled will restore to the Australian people, true religious freedom, which can exist only when Church and State are legally separated both in form and substance.

And your petitioners, as in duty bound will ever pray. by Dr Solomon.

Petition received.

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