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Wednesday, 7 June 1989
Page: 3501


Senator DUNN —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate-

(a) notes the continuing occupation of the Beecroft Peninsula near Jervis Bay by 9 Aboriginal and white people who are successfully drawing attention to the bombing of a National Estate area;

(b) commends the fact that on 7 June 1989, 2 defectors from this Chamber, Senator Norm Sanders and ex-Army major Paul McLean, are leading a contingent of protesters including local Aboriginal people and conservation groups onto the bombing range;

(c) dismisses the excuse that, because the Peninsula has always been bombed, it should continue to be bombed, those bombs have also always been the cause of human deaths but that is no good reason to continue to use them; and

(d) suggests that, while the high-tech thermal detection equipment may not have been successful in locating those concealed on the Peninsula, perhaps it could be used to conduct an impromptu wildlife survey, particularly of human-sized kangaroos.