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Tuesday, 22 February 1977
Page: 256

Mr NEIL (St George) -Mr Speaker,I give notice that at the next day of sitting I shall move:

That the House notes:

1.   That the recent fighting in Lebanon has caused great hardship and suffering to large numbers of persons and great distress to their relatives in Australia.

2.   That the Government has adopted a humane policy in allowing entry to Australia of a wide category of persons affected by the fighting.

3.   That many such persons lost all their property and were forced to wait unexpectedly long periods particularly in Cyprus and were required to pay heavy accommodation and other costs.

4.   That many such persons were assisted by Australian relatives who had expended their savings or raised large sums of money at high interest rates.

5.   That many Lebanese persons who arrived in Australia are living in destitute circumstances and many of their Australian relations have been seriously financially prejudiced. 256 REPRESENTATIVES 22 February 1977 Petitions

6.   That the Australian Government has embarked upon an aid program to assist persons in Lebanon.

This House therefore resolves:

That any such aid program include financial assistance to Lebanese persons in Australia living in destitute circumstances and to Australian residents who suffered financial hardship in bringing relatives to Australia.

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