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Tuesday, 17 September 1974
Page: 1109

Senator DAVIDSON (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) -I present the following petition from 48 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 Governments of the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada and many European countries have not recognized the unlawful annexation of the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania by the Soviet Union, it has been announced from Moscow that the Australian Government is now recognizing them as part of the Soviet Union. We wish to point out that according to United Nation charter these States are entitled to independence and their peoples to self-determination and beg that such recognition be disallowed.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

Petition received.

Senator DAVIDSON - As petitions similarly worded have already been presented by Senator Baume and other honourable senators I do not propose to move that the petition be read.

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