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Wednesday, 27 November 1974
Page: 2820

Senator GREENWOOD -I present the following petition from 46 citizens of Australia:

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

That whereas our constitutional parliamentary democracy was developed on the Rights ofthe Magna Carta to preserve for all time to the Australian people their cherished right to live as free nien and women, enjoying complete liberty of worship, assembly, speech, movement, the communication of knowledge and information.

And whereas the Australian Commonwealth has adhered 10 the United Nations* Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

And whereas the present Australian Government, by recognition de jure ofthe Soviet Union's aggression and occupation of the independent States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, imposed on Australian citizens of Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian origin and on all their descendants a foreign citizenship ofthe aggressor country the U.S.S.R.

So therefore must this act bc accorded the highest national concern and priority.

Your petitioners most humbly pray that the Senate, in Parliament assembled, will take most urgent steps to ensure-

(A)   The abolition.of this act forcing on the Australian citizens a foreign citizenship.

(   B) The prevention of any attempt of similar action by all Constitutional and legal means.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

Petition received.

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