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Wednesday, 16 November 1983
Page: 2752

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of the undersigned citizens respectfully showeth:

That the Sex Discrimination Bill 1983 contains provisions inconsistent with principles of justice and equality which could be used to:

undermine civil liberties and religious freedoms,

entrench abortion funding and render liable to action hospitals, doctors and nurses who conscientiously refuse to become involved in morally objectionable operations;

deny to parents their rights to insist that the school ''community'' provides an environment conducive to the development, including the moral development of their children.

Your petitioners humbly pray that the House of Representatives, in Parliament assembled:

should amend the Bill so as to prevent the possibility of its use in the manner stated above and urge, because of the importance to society of the principles involved, that a conscience vote on the Bill be permitted to all members of Parliament.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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