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Tuesday, 16 October 1973
Page: 2132

To the Honourable the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled:

The humble petition of the undersigned citizens of Tasmania respectfully showeth:

That the original Lake Pedder was set wholly within a National Park, declared in 1955 for the sole purpose of protecting this natural wonder.

That the original Lake Pedder represents a national asset of the calibre of such masterpieces of nature as Ayers Rock.

That such places are truly a part of the heritage of our land and should never be divorced from the people for short term considerations.

That the principle of inviolability of national parks should be recognised by our Parliaments, and that the coming winter rains will destroy the last chance for Australians to avert the ecological tragedy of the utter obliteration of Lake Pedder by hydro-electric development.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that the Federal Parliament, free from partisan considerations move swiftly to stop this final flooding until the Australian Government Committee of Inquiry can bring its report and recommendations.

And your petitioners, as in duty bound will ever pray. by Mr Coates.

Petition received.

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