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Tuesday, 2 December 1986
Page: 3116

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

Whereas the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985:

(i) does not include many of the rights which are fundamental to Australian society such as the right to own property and the right not to join a trade union;

(ii) by virtue of the extremely wide powers which it will give to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission, will take away many of our traditional rights such as the right to legal representation, the right to be confronted by one's accuser and the right to be heard in public; and

(iii) will therefore change many of the basic aspects of Australian life without people being given the opportunity to decide the Bill's fate at a referendum.

Your petitioners therefore pray that the Senate will reject the Bill of Rights in its present or any future form.

Your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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