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Thursday, 14 November 1985
Page: 2117

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled.

This petition of concerned Australian citizens respectfully points out:

That, for our survival, an effective Worldpeace Initiative needs to be established which will 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. By achieving these objectives, Australia can set an example for the rest of the world to follow.

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% of our military expenditure to fund environmental repair programs.

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

(c) Developing National Employment Programs to give priority to the planting and growing of healthy forests, food-producing trees and other crops and vegetation to assist the greening of Australia.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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