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Wednesday, 27 October 1971
Page: 2566

Mr STREET - I present the following petition:

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

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

2.   That as part of the world community, the Australian Government has an immediate responsibility for concerted action.

Your petitioners most humbly pray

(a)   increase monetary aid for the refugees to at least $10m immediately even if this entails reducing spending in other areas.

(b)   Encourage and sponsor teams of volunteers with needed skills and medical supplies.

(c)   Maintain all this aid for as long as the crisis persists.

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

Petition received.

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