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Thursday, 28 August 1980
Page: 864

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of the Nursing Profession shown below respectfully submits:

That the decision of the Federal Government to not implement those aspects of the Sax Report supported by the Nursing Profession is a retrograde step in nurse education in this country.

Further, it is discriminatory in three ways:

(1   ) It discriminates against the rights of patients in refusing them the opportunity to be cared for by persons qualified to do so, i.e. registered nurses;

(2)   It discriminates against the rights of the largest single group of women in the work force to have adequate education to fit them for their roles in an increasingly technological age;

(3)   It discriminates against those States who have not, as yet, at least one ( 1 ) Basic Nursing Course in a College of Advanced Education.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that:

The Members of the House of Representatives exert all possible pressure to have this decision reversed.

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

Petition received.

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