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Tuesday, 26 October 1971
Page: 2474

Mr SCHOLES (CORIO, VICTORIA) - I present the following petition:

To the Honourable The Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The petition of the undersigned respectfully showeth:

(a)   that death from mass starvation and disease is occuring among Pakistan's refugees on a scale unprecedented in modern history,

(b)   that, as part of the world community, the Australian Government has an immediate responsibility for concerted action.

Your petitioners most humbly pray:

(1)   that the Government grant income tax deductions for donations over $2 made towards the relief of overseas disaster areas. - (2) that this be effected with hastetoensure the maximum possible aid to those at present in refugee camps and those in danger of famine in East Pakistan.

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

Petition received.

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