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Wednesday, 15 September 1971
Page: 1307

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I present the following petition:

To the Honourablethe Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of electors of the Division of Hindmarsh respectfully sheweth:

That the determination as to which young men are required to undergo compulsory military service under the National Service Act 1951-1968 is arrived at by a ballot system, based upon arbitrary grounds as to their date of birth.

And that this procedure providing for selection by a method of chance is an unfair and arbitrary imposition on the human rights of a minority and discriminates against certain of the young male persons in the community in favour of others solely by reason of their respective dates of birth.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that Section Twenty-six of the National Service Act 1951-1968 be repealed.

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

Petition received and read.

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