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Wednesday, 13 November 1974
Page: 2289

Senator GIETZELT (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I present the following petition from 1 1 citizens of Australia:

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

(a)   that for religion to be spiritual, and government to be liberal and egalitarian, religion and government need to be kept separate.

(b)   that this principle is fully recognised in Section 1 16 of the Australian Constitution.

(c)   that the taxing of any citizens to propagate or support any religion is contrary to this principle, and a violation of human right.

Your petitioners humbly pray that Pan II, Section 3, of the proposed Bill of Human Rights, which now reads:

No one shall be subject to coercion which will impair his freedom to have or to adopt a belief or religion of his choice, be amended to read further: and no revenue derived in any way from any Australian citizen shall be appropriated by the Australian Government, or by a State Government, or by a Municipal Government, for the propagation or support of any religion.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

Petition received and read.

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