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Tuesday, 15 October 1974
Page: 1709

Motion (by Senator Greenwood) agreed to:

That Standing Order No. 76 be suspended to enable Senator Greenwood to present to the Senate the following petition received by him and signed by six citizens of Australia, viz.:

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, August 26, 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 ninety six 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 295 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. signed:

Malcolm McEachern (President)

Dr CharlesHuxtable (Patron)

David R. Bean (Vice Chairman)

David Clarke (Vice Chairman)

J.   C. Dillon (Hon. Treasurer) on behalf of the members of the Australia /Rhodesia Associ ation of New South Wales. signed:

Bruce H. Dalton (Vice Chairman).

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