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Thursday, 14 November 1974
Page: 2367

Senator COTTON -I present the following petition from 1 5 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 countries and peoples now being administered by communist governments- Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Russia, China, North Korea, North Vietnam, Romania, Yugoslavia, Mongolia, East Germany, Bulgaria, Albania and Cuba- are entrapped by political and economic ideals repugnant to Australian concepts of liberty and fair play; and whereas the freedom of religion, assembly, speech, movement, fair trial, and enterprise are denied to these people by their governments; and whereas Opposition political parties are suppressed, the right to strike refused, and conscripted labour cruelly exploited by these same governments.

According to the Declaration of Human Rights and the Charter of the United Nations, these peoples under communism are entitled to the same freedoms as enjoyed by Australians, including independence and self-determination.

We beg that all Australian economic ties be severed with these governments until such time as they grant to their peoples the freedoms freely enjoyed by Australians as enshrined in the Declaration of Human Rights.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

Petition received.

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