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Thursday, 19 August 1993
Page: 262


Senator FERGUSON —by leave—I present to the Senate the following petitioning letter, from 91 citizens, which is not in conformity with the Standing Orders as it is not in the correct form:

We, the undersigned, as Australian citizens, are very concerned—

1.That treaties which have recently been made Australian Law have the potential to cause family disharmony and reduce religious freedom in this country.

2.We believe that significant changes in Australian law should have full parliamentary debate and not merely be posted as a notice in the Gazette.

Therefore we request you to—

(a)Vote to disallow the UN Child Rights Convention and Religious Declaration from the HREOC Act.

(b)Ensure that in future no such changes to Australian law be made without full debate and vote in parliament.

  Petitioning letters received.