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Wednesday, 22 August 1984
Page: 96

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled. The petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth:

That your petitioners are concerned that the world is closer to nuclear war than at any time since World War II.

That in a nuclear war all life on this planet is in danger of extinction.

That there are foreign bases on Australian Territory that, far from adding to our security make us a nuclear target.

That Australia can influence the superpowers by refusing to harbour or help deliver their weapons.

That Australia can influence the superpowers by actively working to improve the understanding and relationships between their peoples.

Your petitioners most humbly pray that the Senate in Parliament assembled should:

1. End all port-of-call landing rights for foreign warships and aircraft that carry nuclear weaponry.

2. Remove all military installations on Australian Territory that contribute to the ability to conduct nuclear attacks.

3. Legislate to bring any purely surveillance bases on Australian Territory under the control of the Australian Government or the United Nations.

4. Allocate at least five percent of the Defence budget to peace education activities, including social defence (non-violent) training for Australian citizens, and programs designed to improve understanding and acceptance between the peoples of the US and the USSR.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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