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Monday, 26 May 2003
Page: 14831

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in parliament:

This petition of certain members of the Gisborne Secondary College community draws to the attention of the House the disquiet held by many of the community regarding a possible military attack on Iraq, and any Australian involvement in such an action.

Such a conflict may result in the deaths of Iraqi citizens & or Australian Defence Force personnel. It could further destabilise Australia's international diplomatic position and put Australian civilians at risk of retaliation.

Your petitioners therefore request the House that:

· Australia take NO military action against Iraq and its people.

· Australia should use every possible alternative before supporting military action and committing Australian troops to combat.

by Mr Brendan O'Connor (from 276 citizens)