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Thursday, 23 June 1994
Page: 1968

To the Honourable the President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled.

  The petition of the undersigned shows:

  The continuing detention of Cambodian refugees in appalling conditions at the Villawood detention Centre and at Port Hedland is of concern to Australian citizens who deplore this denial of fundamental freedom. This detention is costing Australia, not only financially, but in international reputation.

  Your petitioners request that the Senate should use its influence to cause the Minister for Immigration to exercise his discretionary power to release these detainees.