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Wednesday, 27 October 1971
Page: 2566

Mr BROWN (DIAMOND VALLEY, VICTORIA) - I present the following petition:

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

That we express our deepest concern for our fellow men suffering in the refugee camps in India. While we recognise India's outstanding contribution in providing, as far as possible, for their immediate needs, we consider that this is a problem for all mankind to help solve, as there are 8 million people, many of them helpless children, affected.

We have matched our words by deeds with contributions to our own special appeal in the Diamond Valley, Victoria.

Now we ask The Government to:

1.   Give immediate aid of at least $10m to help relieve the suffering.

2.   Take the necessary diplomatic steps to seek a political solution.

3.   Urge the United Nations to make a more effective effort to intervene on behalf of these stricken people.

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

Petition received.

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