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Monday, 2 December 1985
Page: 2636

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled. The petition of certain concerned citizens of Australia.

Respectfully showeth: that the actions of trade unions have gone beyond their traditional goals of protecting workers' conditions and rates of pay and have reached the point where they are seriously affecting the economic health of the nation and the people.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray:

1. That all Governments throughout Australia acknowledge and protect the Right to Work on Behalf of all Australians.

2. That the total sovereignty of individual governments be recognised as a fundamental requirement of a workable, balanced Federal system of government.

3. That all necessary steps be taken to protect the citizens of Australia from any compulsion, threat or intimidation to join any trade union.

4. That the supremacy of elected governments over the sectional interests of trade unions be recognised, and

5. That the provision of essential services be maintained, free from industrial disruption.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.