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Tuesday, 26 October 1971
Page: 2475

Mr WHITTORN (BALACLAVA, VICTORIA) - I present the following petition:

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

(a)   That the immediate prospect in East Bengal Is of mass starvation on a scale unprecedented in modern history.

(b)   That only a quick settlement of the Pakistan-Bangla Desh conflict will make it possible to avert the death of many millions.

(c)   That concerted action by the world community is an immediate imperative.

Your petitioners most humbly pray:

1.   That the Australian Government, in order to effect relief to some, grant at least temporary entry to academic and qualified persons among those from Bangla Desh.

2.   That donations over $2 be tax deductible when contributed towards the relief of refugees inside and outside East Pakistan.

Your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.

Petition received.

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