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Wednesday, 29 September 1971
Page: 1612

Mr WHITTORN (BALACLAVA, VICTORIA) - -J 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 Victoria respectfully showeth:

That Charles Martin, a 24-year-old graduate in Building Technology, and Geoffrey Mullen, a 24-year-old graduate in Political Science, are serving a two year gaol sentence 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 their failure to comply with the Act was done as a matter of conscience, and that their 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. remove from the record all convictions made under it, and cause Charles Martin and Geoffrey

Mullen, and all others imprisoned under it, to be released and cease all further prosecutions under it.

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

Petition received.

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