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Wednesday, 1 December 1976
Page: 3018

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 we, residents of the Local Authority areas of Maryborough, Hervey Bay and Woocoo sincerely believe the decision of the Australian Government to refuse export licences for minerals from Fraser Island, thus causing the cessation of mining, was unwarranted, unjust and based on a report compiled from much inconclusive evidence, much of w hich was uncontested due to a legal technicality.

(b)   That the adoption of the Fraser Island Environmental Report in full, without proper public or Parliamentary debate was a denial of basic democratic justice.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that Parliament give due and early consideration to (a) having the Honourable the Prime Minister visit the area concerned as a matter of urgency, to make his personal inspection of Fraser Island with a view to having the Government reverse its decision. (b) have the Honourable the Prime Minister investigate at first hand, both the massive human and economic impacts of his Government's decision. (c) The appointment of a final assessment committee which will weigh the value of Fraser Island in its unmined state against both the value compensation payable to the numerous parties aggrieved by the Government decision and the value of Fraser Island in a mined and rehabilitated state.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray. by Mr Millar.

Petition received.

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