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Tuesday, 14 December 1993
Page: 4510

To the Honourable Speaker and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled.

  The petition of the undersigned respectfully shows:

  That 92% of Croatians who voted in a referendum on 25 April 1991, supervised by the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Croatia, declared their support for Croatia as a sovereign and independent State and their opposition to Croatia remaining in the Yugoslav Federation;

  That 88% of Slovenians who voted in a referendum democratically expressed their support for Slovenia as an autonomous and independent State;

  That both Slovenia and Croatia have declared themselves to be independent Republics and that each Republic is prepared to defend its territorial integrity.

  Your petitioners therefore pray that the House of Representatives, in Parliament assembled, should request the Australian Government to:

  Establish diplomatic relations with the legitimate representatives of each Republic and of any currently subjugated country whose residents by a democratically expressed popular vote have declared their wish to be independent; and

  Established trade relations with the Croatian and Slovenian Republics, to take advantage of the very favourable attitude which exists between the people of these Republics and the Australian people.

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