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Thursday, 26 May 1983
Page: 1009

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

1. Since the Australian Whale Protection Act 1980 provides for the banning of importation into Australia of all whale byproducts, and

2. the Prime Minister has stated that he and his Government support the international banning of whaling,

3. then consistent with (1) and (2), this Government should immediately legislate to ban the importation of all marine mammal byproducts, including the harp seal of Canada, and

4. through the Australian delegate in the United Nations General Assembly, the Prime Minister should state his Government's support for an international ban on the slaughter of any marine mammal for commercial reasons.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that consistent with legislation on whaling, this Government should ban the importation of marine mammal byproducts and support an international ban on slaughter of any marine mammal.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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