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Wednesday, 1 September 1993
Page: 723

To the Honourable President and Members of the Senate in the Parliament assembled:

The petition of certain citizens of Australia draws to the attention of the Senate our strongest opposition to the Prime Minister's intentions of purchasing new VIP aircraft, particularly given that the Prime Minister is responsible for the record unemployment and worst recession in sixty years, and calls on the Prime Minister to abandon his plans to purchase any new aircraft until Australia's economy picks up and unemployment falls dramatically.

Further, that the Senate recognises the Prime Minister's previous misuse of such aircraft, in particular, his using one to fly from Canberra to Melbourne and back to watch a football game.

Your petitioners therefore respectfully ask the Senate to oppose any plan by the Prime Minister to purchase any new VIP aircraft.

And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.