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Thursday, 5 April 1973
Page: 1121


The Clerk - A petition has been lodged by Mr Les Johnson as follows and a copy of the petition will be referred to the appropriate Minister :

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, to allow true religious freedom, Governments will make no law respecting religion, neither to prohibit the free exercise thereof nor to compel the individual citizen to support the religion of others.

(b)   that nearly all non-State schools are church schools which to a greater or lesser degree promote a specific creed.

(c)   that, about 80% of church schools are Roman Catholic schools, which Roman Catholic spokesmen explicitly state to be extensions of the church.

(d)   that, the use of Commonwealth funds to aid church schools compels every taxpayer to finance the religion of others, whether he wishes to. or not.

Your petitioners most humbly pray that the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled will restore to the Australian people true religious freedom, which can only exist when Church and State are legally separated in form and substance. And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.

Petition received.







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