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Tuesday, 13 March 1973
Page: 459

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

1.   That Australia is a relatively well endowed country possessing a wide range of natural resources and affording its citizens a high standard of living.

2.   That hunger, illiteracy, abject poverty and injustice are intolerable conditions for mankind anywhere in the world.

3.   That we have neighbouring nations in which the above conditions exist.

4.   That it is our responsibility as a nation to recognise our obligation to assist poorer nations so as to achieve a better sharing of world resources.

3.   That Australia has the capacity to play a larger part in helping developing countries to achieve improved social conditions for all their people.

Your Petitioners most humbly pray:

6.   That Australia's Official Development Assistance be raised initially to 1 per cent of Gross National Product - during the 1972-73 financial year.

7.   That Australia's trade policies be reviewed to provide more favourable conditions for developing countries.

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

Petition received.

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