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Tuesday, 28 February 1984
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The Clerk-Petitions have been lodged for presentation as follows:

Sex Discrimination Legislation

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of the undersigned citizens respectfully showeth:

That the Sex Discrimination Bill 1983 contains provisions inconsistent with principles of justice and equality which could be used to:

Undermine civil liberties and religious freedoms;

Entrench abortion funding and render liable to action Hospitals, Doctors and Nurses, who conscientiously refuse to become involved in morally objectionable operations;

Deny to parents their rights to insist that the school 'community' provide an environment conducive to the development, including moral development of their children.

Your petitioners humbly pray that the Senate, in Parliament assembled, should amend the Bill so as to prevent the possibility of its use in the manner stated above and urge, because of the importance to society of all principles involved, that a conscience vote on the Bill be permitted to all Members of Parliament.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.