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Tuesday, 13 August 1974
Page: 775

Senator GREENWOOD (VICTORIA) - I present the following petition from 1,057 citizens of Australia:

To the Honourable the President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled:

The humble petition of the citizens of Australia respectfully sheweth that: the decision to recognize the incorporation of the Baltic countries- Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania- into the Soviet Union is an alarming and dangerous reversal of foreign policy by the Australian Government, this decision legitimizes the occupation of formerly free and independent nations by an imperialist power, the Soviet Union has suppressed civil liberties in the Baltic states and has tried to ruthlessly eliminate movements for national identity and self-determination among the Baltic people, the desires of the Baltic people have always been and will continue to be for an end to occupation by a foreign power and a return to self-determination of government, there are neither moral nor legal grounds for legitimizing the present regime in the Baltic countries, all other democratic nations have refused to recognize the illegal incorporation of these countries.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that the Australian Government rescind its decision to acknowledge the Soviet Union as the rightful government of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and support the continuing struggle of the Baltic people for national liberation and self-determination.

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

Petition received and read.

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