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Thursday, 28 September 1972
Page: 1299

Senator TOWNLEY (TASMANIA) - I present the following petition from 6 Citizens of the Commonwealth:

To the Honourable President and Members of the Senate 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 per cent of church schools are Roman Catholic schools, which Roman Catholic spokesmen explicitly state to be extensions of their 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 Senate in Parliament assembled will restore to the Australian people true religious freedom, which can exist only when Church and Slate are legally separated both in form and substance.

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

Petition received and read.

Similar petitions were presented by Senators Wriedt and Murphy.

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