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Wednesday, 14 May 1980
Page: 2174

Senator KILGARIFF - I present the following petition from 22 I citizens of Australia:

To the Honourable the President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled.

The petition of the undersigned citizens of the Northern Territory of Australia respectfully showeth that:

(   1 ) hostilities in Asia, and most recently in Afghanistan, highlight the vulnerable situation of DarwinAustralia's gateway to the north;

(2)   better defence preparedness is required in Northern Australia with increased surface mobility for the defence forces;

(3)   more economical and reliable transportation is required between Darwin and the south, and

(4)   additional facilities are required for the development of the north.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that the Senate in Parliament assembled should: Urge that the Commonwealth Government give foremost priority to the immediate construction of the Alice Springs/Darwin railway as a matter of prime national concern.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

Petition received and read.

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