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Thursday, 2 December 1971
Page: 3970

Mr SCHOLES (CORIO, VICTORIA) - 1 present the following petition:

To the Honourable the Speaker ai:d Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of citizens of the community of the University of Western Australia respectfully sheweth:

Thai the increase in tertiary eduation fees for 1972 will cause increased hardship for a significant proportion of tertiary students.

That tertiary fees and concomitant living costs are a formidable barrier preventing significant numbers of students entering tertiary education who nevertheless have the ability to do so.

Thai the increase in tertiary fees for 1972 is immoral, in that Universities and Colleges of Advanced Education are being further restricted to that minimal section of the Australian population who can afford to send their sons and daughters onto higher education.

That all education should be free including tertiary education.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that rft* Federal Government take immediate action to introduce in order of priority.

1.   Universal Commonwealth Scholarships

2.   Commonwealth Scholarships onthe basis of need rather than academic ability.

3.   Abolition of tertiary fees.

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

Petition received.

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