The Australian business community is circulating a petition against race-row politician Pauline Hanson, who yesterday celebrated the first anniversary of her anti-Asians speech. The Australian Chamber of Commerce said nearly 1,000 people had signed the petition, which would be presented to Prime Minister John Howard. An education consultant revealed that attendance at an exhibition for Australia's private schools had dropped dramatically in the wake of the race furore. Visitors to the Convention Centre function fell from around 2,000 in the last couple of years and had been 'lucky to hit 200-300' this year, said Australian Education Consultancy managing director Evelyn Fyfe. She attributed the slump to the Hanson factor and said the exhibition's timing close to the handover in early June might also have had an effect. Mrs Fyfe said 80 per cent of visitors had raised concerns about racism. Figures from the Australian Consulate showed a downturn in student visas being issued in the first six months of this year - 1,577, down from 1,622 in 1996. Ms Hanson, an independent MP, remains adamant about her opinions one year after her controversial maiden speech to Parliament in which she warned of Australia being 'swamped by Asians'. 'I would not change one word of it and would again deliver that same speech with the same pride and determination as then,' she said in a statement released for the anniversary. Without naming Ms Hanson, the petition said the vast majority of Australians were appalled by the 'minority view' and expressed support for a multi-racial Australia.