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Wednesday, 29 September 1971
Page: 1612

Dr EVERINGHAM (CAPRICORNIA, QUEENSLAND) - I present the following petition:

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

(1)   That arms races, in which Australia is involved, have war as their natural conclusion.

(2)   That peace movements have never succeeded except by general acceptance of a superior jurisdiction by previously independent sovereign regimes and their followers.

(3)   That the size of the supreme unit of government has progressed, along with increasing communications, bringing mutual understanding and the means for unified administration to nations consisting of units formerly alien to each other.

(4)   That for the survival of mankind and the lasting security of nations, sovereignty over the means of making war must be passed to the citizens of a unitary world.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray thai your honourable House will give leadership to other citizens by declaring adherence to the general principle of working for a democratic legislative, judicial and executive authority, with constitutionally, limited and adequate powers over armaments and disarmament, and over diversion of a proportion of war budgets to a world development fund.

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

Petition received.

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