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Monday, 24 June 1996
Page: 2032

To the Honourable the President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled the petition of the undersigned respectfully showeth:

the Australian Government's policy of detaining people seeking asylum has caused enormous hardship and misery for those detained;

the policy has contravened international obligations undertaken by Australia;

as a result of the detention of asylum seekers the Australian community has borne a considerable financial burden;

Your petitioners therefore most humbly pray that the Senate in Parliament assembled should request the Government:

to end the policy of detaining asylum seekers, and

to release those asylum seekers still being held in Department of Immigration Processing Centres.

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