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Wednesday, 14 August 1974
Page: 871

Senator LAUCKE (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I present the following petition from 72 citizens of the Commonwealth:

To the Honourable the President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled: The humble petition of the undersigned citizens of the Commonwealth respectfully showeth:

Whereas the right of self-determination belongs to every nation, big or small, the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have been deprived of it for 30 years by the Soviet Union. All Australian Governments for 30 years have refused to recognize the Soviet sovereignty over the Baltic States, but now understand that such recognition has been granted. We the undersigned petitioners wish to express our concern and dismay and humbly ask that it be retracted.

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

Petition received.

Senator LAUCKE - As a petition similarly worded has already been presented by Senator Young I do not propose that this petition be read.

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