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Tuesday, 12 November 1974
Page: 2205

Senator Sir MAGNUS CORMACK -I present 2 petitions, identical in wording, and from 6 and 55 citizens of Australia respectively, in the following terms:

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled. The Petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth:

(I)   Your petitioners believe in the principle that every Australian child, irrespective of the school he attends is entitled to economic support for his basic educational needs from the funds placed at the disposal of the Australian Government through taxation. Further, they believe that as a direct result of the recent Budget measure to reduce the taxation concession for education expenses from $400 to $150 a significant level of economic support, hitherto received, has been withdrawn.

(2)   Your petitioners believe that this Budget measure is regressive and is an unjustifiable act of discrimination inflicted on parents struggling to keep their children in independent schools.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that action will be taken to remedy this act of discrimination.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

Petitions received and the first petition read.

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