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Tuesday, 14 September 1971
Page: 1223

Mr GILES (ANGAS, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I present the following petition:

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The petition of the undersigned electors of the State of South Australia respectfully sheweth:

That Charles Martin, a 24 year old graduate in Building Technology is in Cadell Prison, in South Australia for failure to comply with the National Service Act, an Act which offends the conscience of many electors who are not directly touched by its provisions.

That his failure to comply with the Act waa done as a matter of conscience, and that hrs imprisonment must therefore cause concern to all electors who oppose the National Service Act, and the decision to send conscripted troops to Vietnam.

Your Petitioners therefore humbly pray that the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled will repeal the National Service Act, and cause Charles Martin, and all others imprisoned under it, to be released.

And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.

Petition received.

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