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Wednesday, 11 August 2004
Page: 26087

To the Honourable the President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled:

The Petition of the undersigned shows in view of slanderous and offensive statements appearing in the mass media we the undersigned would like the following statement to be read in the Senate: “That slanderous, defamatory and offensive statements, oral or in writing, made about a community or a Nation or its Armed Forces, which are untrue and unsubstantiated are unacceptable, offensive and must not be made.”

Your Petitioners therefore request that the Senate should request the Federal Commissioner of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission to exercise his powers to stop such mass media publications, oral or in writing or in electronic media, to be made in the future.

by Senator Humphries (from 58 citizens.