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Wednesday, 20 September 1972
Page: 1618

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The petition of the undersigned people of the City of Hamilton, in Victoria, and surrounding district humbly showeth:

That the undersigned believe -

That hunger, illiteracy, abject povery and injustice are intolerable anywhere in the world.

That the knowledge, skills and resources to change these unjust conditions now exist.

That to obtain justice among peoples, world financial and trading systems can and must be changed.

That Australia has the capacity to play a more significant part in enabling the developing countries to achieve improved social conditions for all their people.

Your petitioners must humbly pray that -

1.   Australia embark on a programme to raise official Overseas Development Assistance to one per cent of GNP by 1975.

2.   Australia's aid policies be reviewed so that aid given provides maximum benefit to the people of developing countries.

3.   Australia's trade policies be reviewed to provide more favourable conditions for developing countries.

4.   Donations of $2 and over, to approved overseas development projects, be allowable as Income Tax Deductions.

5.   Her majesty's Government of the Commonwealth of Australia embark on a programme of educating the people of Australia through the Mass Media about the importance and urgency of World Development. by Mr Malcolm Fraser.

Petition received.

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