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Thursday, 21 November 1974
Page: 2619

Senator GREENWOOD (VICTORIA) - I present the following petition from 14 citizens of Australia:

The petition of the Undersigned respectfully showeth-

That whereas our constitutional parliamentary democracy was developed on the Rights of Magna Carta to preserve for all time to the Australian people their cherished right to live as free men and women, enjoying complete liberty of worship, assembly, speech, movement, the communication of knowledge and information.

And whereas the Australian Commonwealth has adhered to the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,

And whereas the present Australian Government, by recognition de jure of the Soviet Union 's aggression and occupation of the independent States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, imposed on Australian Citizens of Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian origin and on all their descendants a foreign citizenship of the aggressor country the USSR,

So therefore must this act be accorded the highest national concern and priority.

Your Petitioners most humbly pray that the Senate, in Parliament assembled, will take most urgent steps to ensure-

(A)   The abolition of this act forcing on the Australian Citizens a foreign citizenship,

(B)   The prevention of any attempt of similar action by all Consitutional and legal means.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

Petition received and read.

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