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Thursday, 31 August 1972
Page: 992

The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of citizens of the Commonwealth ''h respectfully showeth:

That the Commonwealth Parliament has acted to remo some inadequacies in the Australian Education system.

That there is a major inadequacy at present in the Australian education opportunity for all.

That more than 500,000 children suffer from serious lack of equal opportunity.

That Australia cannot afford to waste the talents of one sixth of its school children.

That only the Commonwealth has the financial resources for special programmes to remove inadequacies.

That nations such as the United Kingdom and the United States have shown that the Chief impetus for change and the finance for improvements coma from the National Government.

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

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

2.   The immediate finding of official programmes for low income earners, migrants, Aborigines, rural and inner suburban dwellers and handiapped 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 duty bound, will ever pray. by Mr Bennett.

Petition received.

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