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Wednesday, 14 October 1970

Mr WENTWORTH (MACKELLAR, NEW SOUTH WALES) -I present the following petition:

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled in Canberra, Australia.

The humble petition of the residents of the United States of. America respectfully sheweth:

1.   The red kangaroo and many other marsupials, through shooting for commercial purposes, have been reduced to a numerical level where their survival is in jeopardy. .

2.   None of the Australian States have sufficient wardens to detect and apprehend people breaking the laws in existence in each State, and in such a vast country only uniform laws and a complete cessation of commercialisation can ensure the survival of our National Emblem (that is, Australia's National Emblem).

3.   It is an indisputable fact that no natural resource can withstand hunting on such a concentrated scale, unless some provision is made for its future.

We; your petitioners, therefore humbly pray that:

The export of all kangaroo products from

Australia be banned immediately and the Commonwealth Government of Australia make a serious appraisal of its responsibility in the matter to ensure the survival of the kangaroo.

And, your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.

Petition received and read.

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