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Tuesday, 1 November 1983
Page: 2081

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

This humble petition of members of the Naval Association of Australia Canterbury-Bankstown Sub/Section together with other petitioners.

Respectfully showeth-That we strongly oppose the Governments decision to disband the Fleet Air Arm and the fixed winged aircraft. This vital branch of the Royal Australian Navy has served its country in theatres of war with dedication and distinction. It will be a sad loss to the service and to Australia, and serving members of the fleet.

Highly trained and specialist personnel of this branch of the service have had what they termed a long and rewarding career terminated. Men who pledged to serve Queen and Country are being discarded with little prospects for the future .

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that your honourable House will reconsider its decision to terminate this highly professional unit.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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