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Tuesday, 3 April 1973
Page: 955

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 onthe Survey into Educational Needs has established serious deficiencies in the State's education services.

(b)   That these can be summarised as a lack of suitable classroom accommodation, teacher shortage, oversized classes, inadequate equipment and facilities.

(c)   That the additional sum of one thousand four hundred and forty three million dollars is required over the next five years by the States for these needs.

(d)   That without massive additional Federal finance the State School system will face disintegration and with it the Nation.

Your petitioners most humbly pray that the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled will take immediate steps to -

Ensure that finance from the Commonwealth will be given to the States for their public education services which provide schooling for 78 per cent of Australia's children.

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

Petition received.

National Health Scheme: Treatment by Acupuncture

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members ofthe House of Representatives in Parliament assembled:

The petition of the undersigned electors ofthe Commonwealth of Australia respectfully showeth that the crippling diseases of rheumatism arthritis and a number of other distressing complaints long resistant to treatment by medical means are now being successfully treated in Australia by acupuncture.

We humbly ask the Commonwealth Government to legislate to make treatment by acupuncture a claimable item under the National Health Scheme, and further, that the Commonwealth Government set up a free Clinic of Acupuncture under Government control, and your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray. by Mr Mulder.

Petition received.

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