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Mr. Frank N. Robson's timely letter, for which he deserves warm commendation, should awaken our people to a sense of the great perils which beset them in the form of the various international agreements awaiting consideration by Parliament. It is an alarming indication of the drift from our much vaunted democracy that, with few exceptions, such as Mr. Doidge, our "representatives" ara evidently intending to commit the Dominion to membership of the new world organisation despite the fact that no party can claim to have a mandate from the people authorising the making of somomentous a decision. New Zealand, as a self-governing Dominion of the British Empire, entered this war for freedom to defend the right of each country to order its own domestic affairs in accordance with the desires of its people. If that hard and dearly won right is not to be recklessly cast away by the quite unnecessarily hasty ratification of a Charter, the full terms and purport of which have not been disclosed to the people, Mr. Robson's suggestion that every citizen should phone, write, or wire his Parliamentary representative forbidding him to vote for the proposed signing away of New Zealand's sovereignty, will need to be acted on without delay. J. BRAD SHAW.

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SAN FRANCISCO CHARTER, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 181, 2 August 1945

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SAN FRANCISCO CHARTER Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 181, 2 August 1945

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