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Wednesday, 25 September 2002
Page: 4799

To the Honourable the President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled:

This petition of certain citizens of Australia draws to the attention of the House the fact that the genetic viability of dingoes in the Fraser Island World Heritage site is being threatened through a program of shooting initiated by the Queensland Government.

Since the dingo massacre started in May 2001 more than 30 dingoes out of a population that the Queensland Government then estimated at only 100 have been. shot. The policy of shooting, dingoes deemed to present a threat to human safety remains in place. This policy is placing the future viability of this most important dingo gene pool at risk.

The Queensland Government acknowledges that the dingoes are one of the World Heritage values of Fraser Island because they are amongst Australia's purest populations.

Your petitioners therefore request the Senate to do everything in its power to persuade the Queensland Government to seek alternative methods to protect visitor safety on Fraser Island without risking the, deliberate destruction of a World Heritage value on this island National Park.

by Senator Brown (from nine citizens).