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Tuesday, 17 February 1987
Page: 145

To the Honourable the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The petition of concerned Australian citizens respectfully points out:

That, for our survival, an effective Worldpeace Initiative needs to be established to work towards mutual understanding, world disarmament, economic well-being for all and full employment. This Initiative will help to ensure a sustainable society conserving natural resources, and revitalising soils essential for growing a plentiful and healthy food supply and tree cover for the needs of present and future generations. By working for these objectives, Australia can set an example for the rest of the world.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that your Honourable House will:

1. Propose to the United Nations General Assembly that 1989 be declared International Year for Repairing the Earth.

2. Implement action programs leading up to 1989 which will include:

(a) Actively supporting the International Year of Peace in 1986 by reallocating at least 10 per cent of our military expenditure to fund environmental repair programs.

(b) Implementing National Recycling Programs to reuse water, and to compost into hygienic humus all presently wasted organic garbage and sewage-sludge mixed with fine ground powder from mineral-rich gravels and rocks, to use as a natural fertiliser in revitalising impoverished soils;

(c) Developing National Employment Programs giving priority to the planting and growing of healthy forests, food-producing trees and other crops and vegetation including environmentally sound use and reuse of water to assist the greening of Australia.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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