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Monday, 26 May 2003
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To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in parliament:

We, the undersigned residents of Australia ask that the House of Representatives consider the health and welfare of the present and future residents of this country and the environmental impacts of possible negative impacts relating to the visits of nuclear powered and/armed vessels into Australian ports.

Nuclear navies are not welcome here whatever the colour of their flags.

The recent spate of accidents involving nuclear-powered submarines should be enough to convince all governments that the risk to the environment of these floating Chernobyls is a risk we don't have to take.

Accordingly, we respectfully request that the Parliament legislate to prevent all visits of nuclear armed/powered vessels to Australian ports and waters.

And your petitioners as in duty bound, will ever humbly pray.

by Dr Lawrence (from 240 citizens)