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Monday, 26 May 2003
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To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in parliament:

This petition of certain women from south west Sydney in the State of New South Wales draws to the attention of the House our opposition to any involvement in a war on Iraq. War is not the solution: we believe that involvement in a war on Iraq will do nothing to decrease terrorism but will increase the likelihood of terrorist attacks on our land and people.

We draw the Australian government's attention to Kofi Annan's report to the United Nations Security Council on the impact of violent conflict on women, now 80% of the victims of war, and on women's significant work as peace builders, even within the devastation of war. This report strongly urges women's inclusion in every aspect of peace and security negotiations: conflict prevention, peacekeeping, peacemaking and post-conflict reconstruction.

Your petitioners therefore ask the House to:

· Withdraw support for US intentions to wage war on Iraq.

· Prevent the commitment of Australian troops to a war on Iraq.

· Press for imaginative non-violent solutions to conflict, in accord with the United Nations Charter, involving women equally with men, using the world's resources to reduce global inequity, relieve suffering and build sustainable peace.

by Mrs Irwin (from 155 citizens)