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Thursday, 14 September 1972
Page: 810


Senator KEEFFE (QUEENSLAND) - I present the following petition from 1 1 citizens of the Commonwealth.

To the Honourable the President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled. The petition of the undersigned citizens of the Commonwealth humbly showeth:

That the undersigned believe -

That hunger, illiteracy, abject poverty and injustice are intolerable anywhere in the world.

That the knowledge, skills and resources to change these unjust conditions now exist.

That to obtain justice among peoples, world financial and trading systems can and must be changed.

That Australia has the capacity to play a more significant part in enabling the developing countries to achieve improved social conditions for all their people.

Your petitioners most humbly pray that -

Australia's Official Development Assistance in 1972-73 be increased to at least $240m.

Australia's aid policies be reviewed so that aid given provides maximum benefit to the peoples of developing countries.

Australia's trade policies be reviewed to provide more favourable conditions for developing countries.

And that the Senate refer this petition to the appropriate Standing Committees for inquiry and report.

And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.

Petition received and read.







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