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Wednesday, 13 September 1972
Page: 1262

To the Honourable the Speaker and the Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The bumble petition of the undersigned electors in the State of New South Wales respectfully sheweth:

1.   The nation-wide Survey of Educational Needs undertaken by the Australian Education Council has provided clear evidence that government education in the various Slates is failing children on a massive scale.

2.   The following conditions at Hie Merrylands East Primary School give further evidence of the needs in the State education system. Owing to very limited space, we are forced to use a converted Cloak Room for our Food Preparation Room. Application has been made to the Department for a free standing Canteen, at the moment this seems to be very far off, and any help that we can receive in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

Your petitioners therefore respectfully pray that your Honourable House will (i) make immediately a substantial Federal emergency grant to all Slate Governments for education services and (ii) carry out a public national survey to determine needs of the States after 1975.

And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray. by Mr Uren.

Petition received.

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