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Monday, 23 November 2009
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To the Honorable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives

This petition of certain citizens of Australia draws to the attention of the House:

the discriminating effects of the Northern Territory Emergency Response. As it is currently configured and being carried out, the Emergency Response is incompatible with Australia’s obligations under

  • The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and
  • The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

treaties to which Australia is a party, as well as incompatible with

  • The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

to which Australia has affirmed its support.

We therefore ask the House to:

  • Reinstate urgently the protections of the Racial Discrimination Act in regard to the Indigenous people of the Northern Territory and
  • Consult widely with them about effective measures which respect the rights of Indigenous people and are free of racial discrimination.
by Mrs Irwin (from 176 citizens)