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Monday, 24 March 2003
Page: 13273

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

The petition of certain members of the electors of the Division of Dawson and surrounding districts draws to the attention of the House that there is a growing movement committed to preventing or stopping this unjust war on Iraq.

The Australian government has sent troops to support a US-led war against Iraq. It will not reduce the threat of terrorism, but make it worse.

And it will not liberate the peoples of Iraq from dictatorship, but impose another Saddam Hussein-or worse.

The majority of the Australian people understand this; only six per cent support the Bush-Blair-Howard crusade to invade Iraq without Security Council backing.

We ask that the House:

Support the majority of the Australian people and commit themselves to building the broadest possible movement against the war on Iraq;

Express their solidarity with Australia's Middle Eastern, Muslim and Arabic-speaking communities, who have been the target of racist attacks;

Demand the withdrawal of our troops from the region

by Mrs De-Anne Kelly (from 177 citizens)