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Tuesday, 26 August 1980
Page: 676

To the Honourable the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of 513 undersigned citizens of Australia of Polish origin respectfully showeth:

That this Parliament through the proper diplomatic channels will bring to the attention of the United Nations the demands of the Polish workers that the Polish Government must fulfil its obligations to the Helsinki Agreement.

In particular, to allow, in Poland, free trade union elections and freedom of speech and assembly, freedom of religion, the press, travel and the reunion of families.

That this Parliament through the proper diplomatic channels will notify the government of the Polish Peoples' Republic that the use of military or police forces to crush the Polish workers movement will have grave consequences to the relationship between Poland and Australia.

Your petitioners therefor humbly pray that this petition be given serious consideration.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray,

Petition received. by Mr Burns. Petition received.

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