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Thursday, 5 December 1974
Page: 4593

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth:

(i)   That many Australians, including Church, Unions, Student and Community leaders are bitterly opposed to apartheid in South Africa.

(ii)   That, according to the World Council of Churches, outside investment in, or economic involvement in South Africa can only ever lead to minor improvements in wages and working conditions but, overall, reinforces the system of apartheid.

(iii)   That the Australian Government is seen by many Australians and Africans to be actively encouraging Australian involvement in apartheid through the presence in South Africa of two Trade Commissioners and the links between Qantas and South African Airways.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that the House urge the Government to

(i)   Bring back the Australian Trade Commissioners from South Africa by Christmas.

(ii)   To actively discourage Australian firms and traders from investing with or trading with South Africa.

(iii)   To withdraw the landing rights of South African Airways in favour of an arrangement with an African Airline and

(iv)   Increase its aid to African countries especially the new or emerging Governments of Mozambique, Angola and Guine. by Mr Lamb and Mr McKenzie.

Petitions received.

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