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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4379


Mr CALDER (NORTHERN TERRITORY) - 1 present the following petition:

To 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 governnent 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 ;hai 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 duly bound, will ever pray.

Petition received.







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