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Thursday, 20 November 1986
Page: 2565

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate of the Parliament of Australia assembled.

The petition of the undersigned citizens respectfully showeth that your petitioners are gravely concerned at proposed cuts to the functions of the Human Rights Commission.

In particular the undersigned believe that the Human Rights Commission or any body that may replace it in December must be allocated adequate resources for complaint handling and equal opportunity. The functions at present carried by the Human Rights Commission and the additional responsibilities relating to ILO Conventions will require increased resources if the rights of Australian citizens are to be safeguarded effectively, particularly in States and Territories which at present lack anti-discrimination legislation.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.