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Tuesday, 15 October 1974
Page: 1694

Senator GREENWOOD (Victoria) -I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move:

That standing order 76 be suspended so that Senator Greenwood may present to the Senate the following petition received by him and signed by 5 citizens of Australia, namely:

To the honourable the President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth:

That whereas it was reported in 'Newsweek', 26 August, page 12, 1974, that the Australian Government agreed to send $225,000 for ' humanitarian purposes' to black guerrilla movements fighting Rhodesians, South Africans and Portuguese in southern Africa;

And whereas these guerrilla movements being members of ZAPU, ZANU, FRELIMO and FROLIZI and other kindred organisations have been guilty of 96 documented acts of murder, abduction, mutilation, arson, cattle maiming and rape chiefly against other peaceful Africans between 22 December 1972 and 10 May 1974, in Rhodesia alone;

And abducted 29S people chiefly school children from St Alberts Mission in Rhodesia as reported in the news media;

And whereas these above mentioned and kindred organisations have been guilty of many other barbarous acts of brutality as reported in 'The Silent War' by Chris Vermaak and Reg Shaay, and the 'Real Case For Rhodesia' by Charlton Chesterton, both books widely read in Australia.

So therefore your petitioners most humbly pray that the Senate will take action to prevent material and other assistance being sent to the above mentioned organisations in southern Africa which are guilty of various acts of terrorism as such assistance would give the impression of agreement of the Australian people and the Government to the various acts of brutality which have been perpetrated by the organisations concerned.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

At the bottom of the petition appear the names of 5 persons who have signed on behalf of the Australian-Rhodesian Association of Victoria.

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