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PARLI AM ENT OF AUSTRALIA · T H E SEN ATE

OFFICE OF SENATOR THE HON. DONALD L. CHIRP LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRATS

COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENT OFFICES 400 FLINDERS STREET

10 December 1982

MELBOURNE, VICTORIA 3000 TEL (03) 62 2521

Dear Conservationist, .

Wednesday, 8 December 1982 was a devastating day for all of us who want to see beautiful things preserved. The Federal Government's decision to support the destruction of the Franklin River is a national disgrace.

The Australian Democrats have been actively campaigning for the preservation of this magnificent area. No matter , how devastating the Government's decision is for all of us, we should not give up. . . .

The first step of our campaign is to get our World Heritage (Properties Protection) Bill 1982 - which would save the Franklin River - through the Senate and into Lhe House o! Representatives.

It will not be an easy task to get the bill through the House of Representatives. We need your help.

Enclosed is a list of 23 marginal seats which require a swing of 3% or less to unseat the current government member. If you were able to write to these people lobbying for support of the Democrats' bill its chance of success

would be greatly increased.

The Australian Democrats look forward to your support in this campaign.

With many thanks,

Yours sincerely,

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MARGINAL· GOVERNMENT SEATS

Seats needing Member to be a swing unseated

of less than 3l for the sitting

The Government needs There are 23 seats on to lose only 11 seats this list.

to lose Government.

SEAT STATE MEMBER PARTY l SWING NEEDED

TO UNSEAT

Moore WA J.M. Hyde Lib 2.8

Eden Monaro NSW M.E. Sainsbury Lib to

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Franklin TAS B.J. Goodluck Lib 2.8

Dawson Qld R.A. Braithwaite N.P. . 2.4

Deakin Vic A.W. Jarman Lib 2.3

Chisholm Vic . G.M. Harris Lib 2.2

Denison TAS

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M. Hodgman Lib 2.0

Stirling W.A. I.R. Viner Lib 2.0

Casey VIC P.D. Falconer Lib 1.9

Canning W.A. M.H. Bungey Lib 1.8

Calare NSW A.J. Mackenzie N.P. 1.7

Fadden Qld D.M. Cameron Lib 1.5

Bendigo VIC J.W. Bourchier Lib 1.3

Bowman Qld D.F. Jull Lib 1.2

Northern ' Territory N.T. G.E.J. Tambling N.P. 1.2

Leichardt Qld D.S. Thomson N.P. 1.1

Perth W.A. R.M. McLean Lib 1.0

Herbert Qld A.G. Dean Lib o

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Phillip NSW R.J. Birney Lib 0.6

Riverina NSW N.J. Hicks N.P. 0.5

Barton : NSW

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J.M. Bradfield Lib 0.4

Kingston . S.A. H.G.P. Chapman Lib 0.2

Wilmot Tas M.A. Burr Lib 0.1