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Thursday, 10 March 1977
Page: 75

Mr NEIL (St George) -I give notice that on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

1.   That the House notes that 90 prominent American Vietnam war protesters, including folksinger Joan Baez, poet Allan Ginsberg and imprisoned draft resister James Forrest have signed a petition presented to the permanent Vietnamese observer to the United Nations condemning the Vietnamese Government for grave abuses of civil liberties, suppression of free speech, grievous and systematic violation of human rights, filling of prisons with civilians accused only of holding certain religious and ideological beliefs, detention of an estimated 300 000 people in so-called re-education camps, suppression of cultural and polictical expression, and stifling of non-violent dissent.

2.   That there has been a deafening silence from Australian anti-war protestors, including members of the Parliamentary Labor Party, regarding these abuses and the wholesale slaughter of innocent people in Cambodia.

3.   The House therefore condemns the abuses and atrocities perpetrated by the Vietnamese and Cambodian governments.

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