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Monday, 26 May 2003
Page: 14831

To the Honourable Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives:

We, the undersigned, believe that the threatened war on Iraq and the repression of asylum seekers in Australia are both affronts to human rights and peace, and a drain on funds that should be used more appropriately in a time of severe drought. We call upon the Parliament of Australia to:

· refrain from participating in any military campaign against the people of Iraq;

· reverse the policy of mandatory detention of asylum seekers; and

· to bring about vastly improved measures to assist rural Australians in a time of crisis, including increased funding for drought relief, improved access to Exceptional Circumstances assistance, and improved infrastructure and services for rural regions.

by Mr Bruce Scott (from 85 citizens)