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Thursday, 17 October 1974
Page: 1801

Senator GREENWOOD (VICTORIA) - Pursuant to the suspension of standing order 76 yesterday, I present the following petition from5 citizens of Australia:

To the Honourable President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled.

The humble petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth:

That whereas it was reported in 'Newsweek', 26 August 1974, page 12, that the Australian Government agreed to send $225,000 for humanitarian purposes to black guerrilla movements fighting Rhodesians, South Africans and Portuguese in southern Africa;

And whereas these guerrilla movements being members of Zapu, Zanu, Frelimo and Frolizi and other kindred organisations have been guilty of 96 documented acts of murder, abduction, mutilation, arson, cattle maiming and rape chiefly against other peaceful Africans between 22 December 1972 and 10 May 1974, in Rhodesia alone;

And abducted 295 people chiefly school children from St Alberts Mission in Rhodesia as reported in the news media;

And whereas these abovementioned and kindred organisations have been guilty of many other barbarous acts of brutality as reported in 'The Silent War' by Chris Vermaak and Reg Shaay, and the 'Real Case for Rhodesia' by Charlton Chesterton, both books widely read in Australia.

So therefore your petitioners most humbly pray that the Senate will take action to prevent material and other assistance being sent to the abovementioned organisations in southern Africa which are guilty of various acts of terrorism as such assistance would give the impression of agreement of the Australian people and the Government to the various acts of brutality which have been perpetrated by the organisations concerned.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

Petition received and read.

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