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Wednesday, 20 August 1980
Page: 481

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled. The Petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia, being employees of The Australian Textile, Clothing and Footwear Industries, respectfully showeth:

(i)   That Australian Textile, Clothing and Footwear Industries are vital to the livelihood and well being of many thousands of Australian workers and their families;

(ii)   That if imports of textiles, clothing and footwear products are allowed to flood the Australian market it will deprive 120,000 workers in these industries of their work opportunities;

(iii)   That the rights of textile, clothing and footwear workers in other developed countries have been recognised by their respective Governments and are protected by comprehensive restraints on imports from low-wage countries.

Your petitioners therefore pray that the Parliament recognise the rights of Australian workers in these industries and that tariff experiments of the kind proposed by the I.A.C. in 1977 and 1979 be rejected.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray. by Mr Hurford, Mr Charles Jones and Mr

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