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Wednesday, 5 December 1973
Page: 4278

To the Honourable the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled:

The humble petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth:

(a)   That whales are a significant element in the world's wildlife heritage.

(b)   That whales are highly intelligent, highly evolved creatures.

(c)   That there is growing international concern at the continued killing of whales for commercial gain.

(d)   That synthetic products are able to fully replace all whale products.

(e)   That Australia continues to operate a whaling station and to import whale produce.

(f)   That Australia supported a proposal to enforce a ten year moratorium on all commercial whaling at the 25th meeting of the International Whaling Commission held in London, June 25-29, 1973.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that the members in Parliament assembled will move to immediately revoke all whaling licences issued by the Australian Government and to reimpose a total ban on the importation of all whale produce.

And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray. by Mr Clyde Cameron, Mr Erwin, Mr Giles, Mr Hewson, Mr King and Mr Lamb.

Petitions received.

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