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Wednesday, 28 February 1973
Page: 31

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives of Australia in Parliament assembled. This humble petition of interested citizens of the Commonwealth respectfully sheweth:

1.   That there is widespread public concern over the delay of the Commonwealth in reserving a National Park adjoining Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia;

2.   That the Northern Territory Reserves Board first recommended a National Park in 1 965 and since then despite frequent representations to the Minister no area has yet been reserved as a National Park;

3.   That since 1965 the Commonwealth has granted pastoral leases and mining tenements over the area and now proposes to permit uranium mining to take place in the area;

4.   That two Committees appointed by the Commonwealth have recommended reservation of a National Park.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that your Honourable House will at once, in the public interest, take steps to dedicate as a National Park an area of 1,436 square miles as recommended in 1970 by the Planning Committee appointed by the Commonwealth. And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray. by Mr Erwin.

Petition received.

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