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Monday, 16 June 2003
Page: 11343

From the citizens of Australia to the President of the Senate of the Parliament of Australia

We the undersigned Australians respectfully request the President of the Senate and the Senate as a whole, as an Act of Grace from the Parliament to the people of Australia, to support all asylum seekers and refugees in Australia's care. They are people who have committed no crime and deserve our compassion and help.

We ask that the symbolic date of Easter 2003, an Act of Grace by the Parliament of Australia take place to:

1. Grant permanent residence to all refugees currently on Temporary Protection Visas who have been law abiding.

2. Authorise the immediate release into the community of all asylum seekers who are not a health, identity or security concern.

by The President (from 18 citizens).