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Thursday, 7 October 1971
Page: 2011

Mr CREAN (MELBOURNE PORTS, VICTORIA) - I present the following petition:

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives m Parliament assembled. The petition of the undersigned citizens of the Commonwealth respectfully sheweth:

That the immediate prospect in East Bengal is of mass starvation on a scale unprecedented in modern times.

That only quick settlement of the Bangla DeshPakistan conflict will make it possible to avert the death of many millions. We therefore urge the honourable members to:

Raise to $10m Australian aid to refugees now in India from East Pakistan.

Support all efforts to guarantee the fully autonomous development of the people of Bangla Desh.

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

Petition received and read.

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