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Monday, 26 May 2003
Page: 14831

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

The petition of certain citizens of Australia draws to the attention of the House the enormous hardship and suffering inflicted on the people of Iraq by military action in 1991 and by eleven years of severe and debilitating sanctions. It also draws the attention of the House to the potential for immense devastation and incalculable human suffering if war is unleashed on Iraq.

Your petitioners therefore request the House to call on the Government to withdraw immediately all Australian military personnel currently deployed in the Middle East, to reject all further requests for Australian involvement in military action in Iraq, and to vigorously promote peaceful solutions to the problem of Iraq's failure to comply with the United Nations' resolution on weapons of mass destruction.

by Mr Bevis (from 634 citizens) and
by Mr Sciacca (from 129 citizens)