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Wednesday, 11 December 1974
Page: 3357

Senator KEEFFE (QUEENSLAND) - I present the following petition from 75 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:

(i)   That many Australians including Church, Union. Student and Community Leaders are bitterly opposed to apartheid in South Africa

(ii)   That, according to the World Council of Churches, outside investment in or economic involvement in South Africa can only ever lead to minor improvements in wages and working conditions but overall reinforces the system of apartheid

(iii)   That the Australian Government is seen by many Australians and Africans to be actively encouraging Australian involvement in apartheid through the presence in South Africa of two Trade Commissions and the links between Qantas and South African Airways

We your petitioners therefore humbly pray that the Senate urge the Government to

(i)   Bring back the Australian Trade Commissioners from South Africa by Christmas

(ii)   To actively discourage Australian firms and traders from investing in or trading with South Africa

(iii)   To withdraw the landing rights of South African Airways in favour of an arrangement with an African Airline and

(iv)   To increase its aid to African countries, especially the new or emerging Governments of Mozambique, Angola and Guinea.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

Petition received and read.

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