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GREAT APES

Mr Hawker, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1) notes with alarm the serious decline in the population of the Great Apes—gorillas, bonobos, orangutans and chimpanzees, which could lead to their extinction in the next 10 years;

(2) recognises that habitat destruction due to illegal logging, mining and associated activities including poaching, are all contributing to this threat of extinction;

(3) acknowledges that war, civil unrest and a breakdown in law and order also contribute to the problems in many of these habitat areas;

(4) notes Australian Government participation, principally through zoos and also with the Humane Society International, in the conservation of the Great Apes;

(5) notes the support of the UK Government for the Great Apes Survival Project, which is backed by the UN Environment Programme; and

(6) calls on the Federal Government to increase its support for the efforts of the UN Environment Programme to help save the Great Apes.

Debate ensued.


Debate adjourned, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.