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Wednesday, 25 March 1987
Page: 1263

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled. The petition of the undersigned shows: That we urge you to oppose the Australian Bill of Rights Bill because:

We get no legally enforceable rights under the Bill.

The Bill does not guarantee vital rights such as the right not to belong to a trade union, the right to own private property and not be deprived of it without just compensation and the right of choice between Government and non-Government schools.

The Bill gives Canberra extra powers to change our Federal system by the back door without a constitutional referendum.

The Bill gives dangerous new powers to a Federal Government Commission.

Your petitioners ask that the Senate, in Parliament assembled, should vote against the Bill of Rights, support Opposition amendments and seek a genuine public debate and a referendum on the Bill.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.