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Wednesday, 16 April 1980
Page: 1461

Senator MESSNER (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I present the following petition from 86 citizens of Australia:

To the Honourable the President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled.

The petition of the undersigned Aboriginal Citizens of South Australia showeth that:

The chronic alcoholic Aboriginal citizens of South Australia need help to fight for the right organisation in assisting us to Sobriety, but also the family that got the drink related problem, before it get too far out of proportion. We are sick of the Sub-Womma Committee and the State Womma Committee, as we feel they are totally ineffective in coping with our drink related problem, as lives are taken by it, so help us to put them back as a funding body only, not a takeover from an organisation that is effective to us in many ways. So if you people are black, show us by helping us chronics in the parklane how much you care.

Your petitioners most humbly pray that the Senate in Parliament assembled should:

Alter the system of funding to enable the Aboriginal Sobriety Group (A.S.G.) to operate outside of the Cities. In the case of South Australia, a branch is sought in Murray Bridge.

Petition received and read.

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