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Wednesday, 8 December 1971
Page: 4268

Mr LLOYD (MURRAY, 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 certain citizen; of Australia respectfully showeth:

That the suffering of the Pakistani refugees is such as to warrant immediate relief.

That the amount of aid allocated for Pakistani refugee relief does not befit Australia's standing in the world as a developed nation.

That the state of tension between the Indian and Pakistani Governments is such as to threaten war.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that the Government will:

(1)   immediately increase aid, monetary or otherwise, for Pakistani refugee relief to the value of $10m,

(2)   grant as aid, on a continuing basis, a percentage of the gross national product, and

(3)   use every diplomatic channel possible to case tension between the Indian and Pakistani Governments.

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

Petition received.

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