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Tuesday, 26 October 1971
Page: 2474


Mr GORTON - 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 respectively showeth:

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

(b)   That, as part of the world community, the Australian Government has an immediate responsibility for concerted action.

Your petitioners most humbly pray:

(1)   That the Government grant income tax deductions for donations over TWO DOLLARS made towards the relief of overseas disaster areas.

(2)   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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