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Tuesday, 12 October 1971
Page: 2144

Mr FOX - I present the following petition:

To the Honourable the Speaker and the Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of the citizens of the Commonwealth respectfully sheweth:

1.   The Red Kangaroo and many other- marsupials, through the 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.

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

We, your petitioners, therefore, humbly pray that:

The management of Australia's wildlife be controlled by the Commonwealth Government and sufficient wardens appointed to enforce the laws.

The shooting of kangaroos for commercial purposes be stopped immediately.

The export of all kangaroo products from Australia be banned.

The Commonwealth Government establish large National Parks of good quality land as major tourist attractions.

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

Petition received.

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