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Thursday, 22 August 1985
Page: 128

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate assembled. We the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully believing that:

1. the Ethiopian government has refused to distribute any of the aid it receives from overseas among the great majority of those who live in the northern Ethiopian provinces of Tigray and Eritrea;

2. five million of the seven million starving in Ethiopia live in the above two provinces;

3. aid can, and has been, successfully sent directly to the peoples of Tigray and Eritrea, using Australian non-government organizations and thus avoiding the corrupt hands of the Ethiopian government;

Humbly petition that the Senate call upon the Government to redirect its foreign aid away from the Ethiopian government towards the peoples of Tigray and Eritrea.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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