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Tuesday, 26 September 1972
Page: 1863

To the Honourable the President and Members of the Senate and the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully sheweth:

(a)   That the Australian Education Council's report on the needs of government education services has established serious deficiencies in education, the most important areas being a severe shortage of teachers, inadequate accommodation, and, as a result, oversized classes.

(b)   That extra Federal finance is urgently required to save the government school system.

(c)   That while the needs of the government schools are being neglected, large amounts of public money is being given, in various and numerous grants, to private schools.

Your petitioners most humbly pray that the Senate and the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled will take immediate steps to make emergency Federal finance available to the States for State school education, and divert the large sums of public money being spent on private schools, to the government school system for which the government is truly responsible.

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

Petition received.

Trespass on Commonwealth Lands Ordinance

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of the undersigned citizens of the community of Canberra respectfully showeth:

That we disapprove of the action of the Government and in particular, of the Minister for the Interior, in having the Aboriginal Embassy removed by over 100 policemen.

That the attitude of the Government to the Aboriginal people as a whole after years of paternalistic policies, is in direct contravention to the will of the vast majority of Australians.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that the House of Representatives will take action to call on the Government to repeal the Trespass on Commonwealth Lands Ordinance 1972.

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

Petition received.







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