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Wednesday, 23 March 2011
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To the Honourable President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled:

The petition of the undersigned shows:

Growing concern at the moral, rhetorical and cultural decline of political discourse in Australia as demonstrated in respect to policies concerning the migration of persons of the Islamic faith.

Recent statements and acts, such as the tabling of petitions with clearly divisive undertones, surrendering the secular, non-discriminatory moral foundations our nation holds dear.

Your petitioners ask/request that the Senate:

1. Endorse the expansion family reunification policy for the compassionate settlement of family members of current Australian citizens or refugees with residential status, where said family members have been affected by violence, upheaval and displacement due to recent events in North Africa and the Middle East

2. Endorse and re-articulate the policy of non discrimination on the basis of race, religion, or colour

3. Reject the recent calls for the discrimination of Moslem refugees and immigrants and a reduction in immigration quotas on the basis of religion or race

4. Endorse the notion of Australia as an inclusive and welcoming country, particularly with respect to those people who have suffered torture and torment in overseas lands

5. Support legislation to ensure the above policies and processes

6. Support legislation which will result in a renewed vigilance in monitoring the nation’s media and appropriate measures if said media is found guilty of racist sentiment or of inciting an intolerance towards religious freedoms in Australia

by Senator Humphries (from 98 citizens)

Petition received.