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Tuesday, 15 August 1972
Page: 6

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled the petition of the undersigned electors (Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, Islander and nonIslander) of the Commonwealth of Australia respectfully sheweth:

1.   That the Aboriginal embassy established on the lawns opposite Parliament House, Canberra is less offensive aesthetically, more comfortable and hygienic than conditions under which many Aboriginal people are presently living.

2.   That it has succeeded in pin-pointing Aborigines desire for land rights as recognised to indigenes of most countries of the British Commonwealth and has been recognised by foreign Governments as representative body whose officials have always acted with due dignity and decorum as befits official status.

And we, the undersigned, respectfully request that:

(a)   The Ordinance to enable the Government to remove the Aboriginal embassy be immediately withdrawn,

(b)   The Federal Government grant Aborigines the land rights they demand,

(c)   The Aboriginal embassy be given free and dignified accommodation befitting Ambassadorial Status in a suitable building in Canberra City.

And we protest against the said Ordinance as being undemocratic, and a threat to. the freedom of all Australian citizens.

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

Petition received.

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