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COOK[quot ]S Endeavour

Mr C. P. Thompson, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1) notes the reported discovery of Cook[quot ]s ship Endeavouroff Newport, Rhode Island;

(2) acknowledges that if it is indeed the Endeavour, this wreck is the most important single artefact in Australia[quot ]s history;

(3) notes that the United States and British Governments are preparing for a legal battle over rights to the wreck;

(4) calls on the Government as a matter of urgency to immediately notify the world community of the importance of the wreck to Australia and stake our claim to its ownership by virtue of its significance to our nation;

(5) calls on the Government to support a fundraising campaign to enable the recovery and eventual return of the wreck to Botany Bay; and

(6) ensures that plans for this important venture are in place and that the public fundraising and community awareness campaign is made a centrepiece of Australia[quot ]s Centenary of Federation celebrations in 2001.

Debate ensued.

The time allotted for the debate having expired, the debate was interrupted, the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting, and Mr Price was granted leave to continue his speech when the debate is resumed.