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Tuesday, 30 November 1971
Page: 3787

Mr BROWN - I present the following petition:

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

That we express our deepest concern for our fellow men suffering in the refugee camps in India. While we recognise India's outstanding contribution in providing, as far as possible, for their immediate needs, we consider that this is a problem for all mankind to help solve, as there are nine million people, many of them helpless children, affected.

We have matched our words by deeds with contributions to our own special appeal in the Diamond Valley, Victoria.

Now we ask the Government to:

1.   Suspend its aid to the Pakistan Government, immediately.

2.   Raise to $10,000,000 its aid to refugees now in India.

3.   Add its voice to those seeking the release of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

4.   Use its influence with its friends and allies to initiate action which will lead the Pakisstan authorities to withdraw their troops from East Bengal and negotiate with the provisional Government of Bangla Desh.

5.   Move for the immediate initiation of a massive multi-national effort to underwrite the rehabilitation of the Bangla Desh people and their economy.

6.   Support all efforts to guarantee the fully autonomous development of the people of Bangla Desh.

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

Petition received.

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