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Wednesday, 29 August 1973
Page: 511

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled:

The humble petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth:

That widespread objection throughout Australia is manifestly evident against the proposal of the present Federal Government to provide aid and assistance to the government of North Vietnam.

That they are concerned that representatives of the military dictatorship of North Vietnam and the self styled Provisional Revolutionary Government of South Vietnam were recently invited to Australia as respected guests.

That the Federal Government should be censured for its silent acquiescence in permitting the Vietnamese Communists aforementioned to enter Australia, thereby affronting the government of a friendly country, namely the democratically elected government of South Vietnam.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that the House of Representatives will urge the Government:

(a)   to refuse any suggestion of aid and assistance to North Vietnam until such time as the Hanoi Government provide reparations and assistance to South Vietnam,

(b)   to refuse also any assistance to North Vietnam until such time as similar assistance to South Vietnam is provided by the Soviet Union and Communist China, and

(c)   to use appropriate channels to influence the Hanoi authorities to withdraw their troops from the territory of South Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos and release all political prisoners, which release ought to be followed by free and genuine elections, without any pressure whatsoever being applied to non-Communist candidates.

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

Petition received.

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