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Thursday, 30 May 1996
Page: 1371

To the President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled;

This Petition of the undersigned Australian citizens respectfully points out that: there is a growing demand for urgent federal government intervention, to protect all Australia's remaining natural heritage forests.

   Your petitioners therefore request the Senate to call on the Federal Government to:

   immediately implement the moratorium clause in the national forest policy statement;

   permanently protect all remaining high conservation value native forests throughout Australia, adequate to secure the bio-diversity and natural and cultural heritage, by bringing them under the guardianship of indigenous peoples;

   utilise our extensive plantation timber for industry needs;

   create economic incentives for farm forestry employment on existing cleared lands in the propagation, establishment and management of sustainable permaculture style, mixed-species timber plantations, inter-grown with a variety of annual crops for fibre and food production;

   encouragement investment in the growing and marketing of indigenous, plantation based tree products such as wattle seed, eucalyptus and tea tree oils, and other medicinal and nutritional resources;

   develop educational eco-tourism as a sensitively managed industry in appropriate forest areas, and with full respect for Aboriginal heritage and sacred sites;

And further support the above initiatives by the progressive utilisation of the military to assist rural communities to implement sustainable plantation forestry practices.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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