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Wednesday, 23 August 1972
Page: 303

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I present the following petition from 1857 citizens of the Commonwealth.

To the President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled. The petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth:

Pre-school and after-school education facilities arc in urgent need within the Australian community. The shortage has become more acute as more mothers join Hie work force.

In advanced countries pre-school and after-school education are recognised as essential aspects of education for all children.

Your petitioners most humbly pray that the Senate in Parliament assembled will take immediate steps to provide the necessary finance to enable State education departments and local government authorities to establish:

A.   Pre-school centres

B.   After-school centres

C.   Facilities for training the staff for such centres.

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

Petition received and read.

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