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Wednesday, 25 March 1987
Page: 1261

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled:

The petition of the undersigned respectfully brings to your attention:

that there are individuals who have a conscientious objection to war because of their religious or general moral principles

and that the Parliament of this country has already recognised the right of such individuals not to have to participate in military service in time of war

and that all Australian taxpayers are required to contribute to military expenditure, regardless of their beliefs, through that part of their tax that is used for the Defence budget

and that while we acknowledge the right of the Government to levy taxes and to decide on the expenditure of monies so collected we cannot accept that those with a conscientious objection to war should be forced to contribute to military expenditure.

Your petitioners therefore pray

that the Federal Government will acknowledge the right of those who have a conscientious objection to war to withhold their taxes from military allocations and enable the military related proportion of their taxes to be used for peaceful purposes only

and, as we note that taxes are collected or disbursed for specific purposes (such as for Medicare), that the Commissioner of Taxation be directed that the military-related proportion of taxes collected from conscientious objectors to war be set aside in a separate fund, the Peace Tax Fund, to be used only for peaceful purposes, such purposes to be determined by the Government.