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Thursday, 14 September 1972
Page: 1379

To the Honourable the Speaker and the Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The humble 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 States is failing children on a massive scale.

2.   The following conditions at the Ross Hill Infants' school give further evidence of the needs in the State education system.

(1)   Over large classes.

(2)   Poor lighting in certain classrooms.

(3)   The need for specially trained remedial teachers and better conditions for these teachers.

(4)   More relief teachers made available and the period of teacher absence permitting relief be reduced from three plus days to one day.

(5)   Shelter sheds in playground.

(6)   Large essential equipment provided by mothers clubs should be provided by the Department.

Your petitioners therefore respectfully pray that your Honourable House will (1) make immediately a substantial Federal emergency grant to all State Governments for educational services and (2) 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 Sinclair.

Petition received.

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