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Tuesday, 13 August 1974
Page: 775

Senator BAUME (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I present the following petition from 1 14 citizens of the Commonwealth:

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

That the Australian Government's willingness to officially recognise the incorporation of the Baltic States into the Soviet Union will cause considerable difficulties to former citizens of Baltic countries who have acquired Australian citizenship and are revisiting the countries of their origin.

By this hasty act, taken without consultation with the groups of Australian citizens concerned, the Australian Government has seemingly recognised the Soviet claim that the Baltic immigrants, upon their arrival in Australia, were really citizens of the U.S.S.R., and as such are not entitled to assume the protection of Australian citizenship until released from the citizenship of the Soviet Union.

Considering the difficulties involved, we the undersigned, humbly petition the Senate that the action which has been taken, be nullified.

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

Petition received and read.

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