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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 12

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

We, the undersigned, believe that Australian sportsmen and women should take part in the Olympic Games in Moscow this year.

The Olympic Games aims to promote friendly competition and understanding between the athletes and people of different nations. Participation in them does not signify support for particular policies or actions of the host country or any other country taking part.

In particular, we do not believe that Olympic athletes who have trained for years for their event should be pressured by governments to bear the sole burden of giving effect to their policies at a given time.

In fact, the Olympic Charter states that National Olympic Committees must be autonomous and must resist all pressures of any kind whatsoever whether of a political, religious or economic nature. (Section 111, Rule 24, Paragraph C.)

We call on all Maritime Workers to support Australian participation in the 1980 Olympic Games and to express that support financially.

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

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