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Thursday, 14 October 1971
Page: 2341

Mr LYNCH -I present the following petition:

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of residents of Mornington Peninsular respectfully sheweth:

Australians, custodians of the world's largest marsupial, the Red Kangaroo, have allowed it to be reduced so low numerically that even the CSIRO research has had to be suspended in some areas and alternative means of research employed in others.

The Kangaroo is being exploited whilst facts on populations and numbers of kangaroos are unknown - any day the numbers can be reduced below that level needed for survival of droughts and natural mortality. At this date neither the number needed for survival nor the number of kangaroos left is known.

Pending the outcome of investigations by the Select Committee, it can be logically assumed that shooters, fearing restrictive legislation in the future, will intensify their efforts to obtain as many animals as possible, while they can.

We, your petitioners, therefore humbly pray that you will:

(i)   Immediately ban the export of products made from kangaroos.

(ii)   Strongly urge the State Governments to ban the shooting of kangaroos for commercial purposes, at least until the Select Committee has made its investigations and recommendations.

(iii)   Add to the Constitution a clause giving power to the Commonwealth Government to act to safeguard any species of wildlife that is endangered through any cause.

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

Petition received.

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