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Friday, 20 February 1987
Page: 477

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. This petition of concerned Australian citizens respectfully points out:

We strongly condemn the Australian Government's reversal of its electoral policy to restore land rights, dignity and economic security to the Aboriginal people.

We call on the Australian Government to immediately set about negotiating a treaty with the Aboriginal Sovereign Nation, and that this treaty with full land rights, be implemented under the Vienna convention on the law of treaties, before 1988.

We call on the Australian Government to adequately fund and support the negotiating process of the Aboriginal nation.

Should the Government fail in this resolve, we call on the Australian people to demonstrate their solidarity with the Aboriginal people by boycotting the bicentennial celebrations and sharing a national year of mourning in 1988.

And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.

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