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Monday, 26 May 2003
Page: 14831

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in parliament:

The petition of certain citizens of the Shire of Dungog, New South Wales and neighbouring areas draws the attention of the House to our heartfelt concern:

1. That Australia may be a partner in an imminent war against Iraq that may proceed without the support of the Security Council of the United Nations.

2. That despite unprecedented displays of public protest against the movement towards war in Iraq, our leaders display a lack of respect towards those who take a moral stand which supports. resolution of the crisis by peaceful means.

Your petitioners therefore request

1. That the House recognises the depth and extent of feeling among the Australian people that all other avenues of non-violent action should be exhausted before any consideration of war, and

2. That the House permits in the Parliament free and full discussion on adoption of a revised policy whereby Australia will not countenance involvement-in a war against Iraq unless such act of war is authorised by the United Nations Security Council.

by Mr Andren (from 140 citizens)