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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 12

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled:

The petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth that Amendments to the Electoral Act passed in 1979 by the West Australian Government make it more difficult for many people to enrol to vote - particularly Aborigines and itinerants, but also migrants and youth.

Your petitioners note that because Western Australia has a dual roll system, some people may find themselves enrolled at a Federal level but not at a State level.

Your petitioners further note that the Federal Government committed itself to equal voting rights for Aborigines at State and Federal level following an urgency motion in Federal Parliament in 1979.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray:

That the Federal Government will use the powers granted it by the 1967 referendum to ensure that Aboriginal voters are not disadvantaged in Western Australia.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray, by Mr Dawkins. Petition received.

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