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Tuesday, 18 October 1983
Page: 1807

To the Honourable the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled.

The petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth that whereas the Government of Australia has signed the United Nations Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which in article 23 (1) states that 'The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to the protection by society and the State'. And whereas the terms of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women would violate the above article 23 (1).

We humbly pray the Government to refrain from ratifying the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women;

And we pray you may be conscious of God's sovereign purpose for our nation and your petitioners in duty bound will ever pray.

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