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Wednesday, 25 February 1987
Page: 566


Senator RICHARDSON —by leave-I present to the Senate the following petitioning letter bearing 17 signatures requesting that the Australian Bill of Rights Bill 1985 be rejected.

Labor Senator Richardson, Graham F.

C/- Parliament House

Canberra A.C.T. 2600

Dear Sir

We, the undersigned, have read with concern that Senator Gareth Evans has labelled the opposition to the Bill of Rights legislation as `'idiot harassment'' on the part of ``the forces of darkness'' in Australia.

We wish you to know that we are decent, hard-working Australians deeply concerned with the future of this Nation and we are opposed to the Bill of Rights.

We believe that the Bill of Rights, contrary to all the proponent's views, will not benefit Australia or Australians. It is unnecessary, dangerous and anti-family.

We therefore request that you influence your Party to withdraw the Legislation in the next sitting of Parliament or at the very least, if it is indeed a Bill of Rights for the people, let the people decide in a Referendum.

Petitioning letter received.