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Thursday, 23 August 1973
Page: 275

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

The humble petition of undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth.'

That they share a deep concern and dismayin regard to certain proposals of the Interim Committee for the Australian Schools Commission.

That abandoning the established principle of per capita payments will cause unequal treatment of different children in non-government schools.

That per capita payments should be equal for all children at similar levels of education irrespective of the school they attend and of the financial situation of their parents.

That the proposal to categorise schools in terms of a dubious index of current resources is discriminatory in effect and should be abandoned, or if it is retained in some improved form, that no equivalents of existing categories A or B should be declared.

That the effect of certain proposals of the Karmel Committee may be to cause bitter, sectarian division in the community.

That measures should be adopted to reduce rather than to increase the degree of centralised, authoritarian, bureaucratic control of education in Australia.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray, that the Government will take no measures to implement proposals of the Interim Committee for the Australian Schools Commission for the time being, but that the Report be tabled in Parliament, with full ancillary information, so that it may receive proper scrutiny and evaluation by the Australian people.

And your petitioners, as in duty bound will ever pray, etc. by Mr Malcolm Fraser.

Petition received.

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