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Wednesday, 31 August 1994
Page: 620


Senator CHAMARETTE —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

  (a)commends:

    (i)the hunger strike being conducted by 72-year old Western Australian, Ms Elaine Michael, at the front of Parliament House, Canberra,

    (ii)the actions of Mr Phil Gregory who commenced a hunger strike outside Parliament House, Perth, on 29 August 1994, and

    (iii)the actions of Mr Hugh Wilson, Ms Dolphina Coombes, Ms Shirley Lambert and Mr Dwayne Peppin and four others who have begun a hunger strike in Denmark, Western Australia;

  (b)notes that all these people have taken this action because of the inaction of Federal and State governments in not implementing measures to protect Australia's unique natural forest from being destroyed;

  (c)condemns the State and Federal governments for forcing members of the community into having to risk their health and well-being in order to highlight the plight of Australia's forests; and

  (d)calls on the Federal Government to immediately bring a halt to the logging of old-growth forests and other forest areas of high conservation value.