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Tuesday, 20 October 1970

Mr Allan Fraser (EDEN-MONARO, NEW SOUTH WALES) - 1 present the following petition;. ,

To the Honourable the Speaker and: members of the House - of . Representatives in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of residents, of : New. South Wales; -respectfully sheweth: '

The Red Kangaroo has been reduced ' to such a low numerical level that even CSIRO research has had to be suspended in some areas,- and alternative means of ' research employed' in others.

The Kangaroo is., being exploited whilst facts on' populations and numbers of kangaroos are

(d)   The Government has only agreed to add the President of the Students' Association to the unknown - any day the numbers can be reduced below that level needed for the survival of droughts and natural mortality. At this date the numbers of kangaroos left is unknown.

Pending the outcome of investigations by the Select Committee, it can be assumed that because the Committee foreshadows restrictive legislation, shooters will intensify their efforts to obtain as many 'roos as they can, while they can. We, your petitioners, therefore humbly pray that you will:

(i)   Immediately ban the export of products made from kangaroos.

(ii)   Strongly urge the State Governments to ban the shooting of kangaroos for commercial purposes, at least until the Select Committee had made its investigations and recommendations.

(iii)   Add to the Constitution a clause giving power to the Commonwealth Government to act to safeguard any species of wildlife that is endangered through any cause.

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

Petition received.

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