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Wednesday, 13 November 1974
Page: 2299

Senator WEBSTER - I present the following petition from 12 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:

That whereas the Budget Paper No. 9 titled 'Australia's External Aid 1974-75 'allocated $150,000 for 'humanitarian assistance to National Liberation Movements in Africa';

And whereas the humanitarian needs of these oppressed people require greater assistance from Australia than the above amount allocated in the budget;

And whereas such assistance is in keeping with that provided by Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, The Netherlands, Canada, the Federal Republic of Germany, and New Zealand, and United Nations Organisations such as UNICEF, UNDP, UNHCR, FAO and WHO, and such non-Government organisations as the World Council of Churches, the Australian Freedom From Hunger Campaign, Community Aid Abroad, and some Roman Catholic Aid Agencies in Europe;

So therefore your petitioners most humbly pray that the Senate will take action to substantially increase the abovementioned humanitarian assistance.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

Petition received and read.

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