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Tuesday, 26 October 1971
Page: 2475

Mr GORTON - 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 sheweth:

That death from mass starvation and disease is occurring among Pakistan's refugees on a scale unprecedented in modern history.

That, as a part of the world community, the Australian Government has an immediate responsibility for concerted action. Your petitioners most humbly pray:

That the Government go beyond the plea of the Prime Minister for magnanimity and compassion in the trial of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on charges of treason, and insist on the liberty of this openly and democratically elected leader. Your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.

Petition received.

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