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Wednesday, 10 November 1976

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled: The humble petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth:

(a)   That the world's current major source of energy are finite and will probably be depleted during the next century.

(b)   That atomic energy is currently an unacceptable alternative energy source as it presents problems including radioactive waste, military implications and thermal pollution.

(c)   That solar energy is the only acceptable alternative energy source as it is inexhaustable and non-polluting.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that the Australian Government will immediately increase the expenditure on solar energy research to an amount comparable with the current expenditure on atomic energy research and will give assurances to maintain solar energy research expenditure at this level, at least, until the year 2000 AD and maintain CSIRO control of the responsibility for solar research, until an appropriate commission can be established.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray. by Dr J. F. Cairns.

Petition received.

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