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Tuesday, 17 September 1974
Page: 1109

Senator LAUCKE (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I present the following petition from 86 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:

Whilst the Australian Government is granting freedom and independence to Papua and New Guinea, the once free Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are occupied by the Soviet Union and their citizens are continuously and brutally deprived of personal, civil and religious freedoms. We humbly beg to draw the attention of the Senate to this fact and ask that the matter be raised in the United Nations by the Australian Government. The annexation and incorporation of the Baltic States by the Soviet Union has not been recognized by any Western democracy, including Australia. We beg the Senate to continue such nonrecognition and to disallow any steps by the Australian Government which would amount to recognition of aggression.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

Petition received.

Senator LAUCKE - As petitions similarly worded have already been presented by Senator

Baume and Senator Grimes I do not propose to move that this petition be read.

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