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Thursday, 20 November 1986
Page: 2566

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate, in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of the under-signed citizens of Australia respectfully showeth that your petitioners are gravely concerned that in the International Year of Peace, young Australians face an uncertain future due to:

1. a continuing arms race between the super-powers which threatens to extend into outer space

2. military expenditure continuing at ridiculously high levels

3. continuing testing and stockpiling of nuclear weapons

Your petitioners therefore humbly call upon the Federal Parliament to do everything possible to make our future more certain, by:

1. encouraging peaceful dialogue through diplomatic channels as the means of solving issues.

2. persuading all developed countries to spend less on armaments, and more on basic needs like food, health, shelter and education for all people of the world.

3. promoting the extension of agreements to reduce testing and stockpiling of nuclear weapons.

Senator TATE (Tasmania)-by leave-I simply want to note and mark the event that on this morning we had presented to the Senate the greatest number of signatures on a petition to be presented on any one day. I wish to pay tribute to the students of Geilston Bay High School, whose project this was, and to the 450 high schools throughout Australia in which the petition was circulated and which returned the signatures which the Senate has before it today. I know that the students will recall with great pride and honour the presentation of their petition to the Prime Minister (Mr Hawke) and the Minister for Foreign Affairs (Mr Hayden) yesterday on the steps of Parliament House. They have done much to advance the peaceful future of young Australians and young people throughout the world.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.