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Tuesday, 15 August 1972
Page: 8

Senator MURPHY - I present the following petition from 34 citizens of the Commonwealth:

To the Honourable the President and Senators in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of the undersigned citizens of the Commonwealth respectfully showeth:

1.   That the state of Aboriginal rights, health, infant mortality, life expectancy, education, training, employment, ownership, movement and democratic political advancement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Peoples everywhere in Australia is unequal compared with people of European origin, whether migrating to or bom in Australia; and this constitutes a challenge to the Australian people on grounds of racial discrimination, racism and even forms of genocide;

2.   And the People of Australia, having voted overwhelmingly in favour of the Commonwealth having power and responsibility for making laws for the good government of the Aboriginal and Island people of Australia in the Referendum of May 1967;

3.   Your petitioners request that the honourable Senate initiate a debate on all features of governmental and other discrimination against the indigenous people.

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

Petition received and read.

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