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Tuesday, 12 October 1971
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Mr BEAZLEY (FREMANTLE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - 1 present the following petition:

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The petition of the undersigned citizen., of the Commonwealth respectfully sheweth:

That the immediate prospect in East Bengal is of mass starvation on a scale unprecedented in modern times.

That only quick settlement of the Bangla DeshPakistan conflict will make it possible to avert the death of many millions. We therefore urge the honourable members to:

Raise to $10m Australian aid to refugees now in India from East Pakistan.

Support all efforts to guarantee the fully autonomous development of the people of Bangla Desh.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

Petition received.

Taxation: Donations for Overseas Relief Mr REID - I present the following petition:

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The petition of the undersigned respectfully sheweth:

That death from mass starvation and disease is occurring among Pakistan's refugees on a scale unprecedented in modern history.

That, as part of the world community, 'he Australian Government has an immediate responsibility for concerted action. Your petitioners most humbly pray:

That the Government grant income tax deduction for donations over $2 made towards the relief of overseas disaster areas.

That this be effected with haste to ensure the maximum possible aid to those at present in refugee camps and those in danger of famine in East Pakistan.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

Petition received.







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