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Thursday, 27 February 1975
Page: 815

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 licenses 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 Lamb.

Petition received.

Public Libraries in Australia

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:

We the undersigned do humbly request that the Australian Government commission an enquiry into the provision and funding of State and Municipal Public Libraries throughout Australia. Public Libraries are an essential part of the nation's facilities for education and information, and the cultural life of the people. Organisation and financing methods to date have manifestly failed to develop Public Libraries to the standard that Australia needs, therefore it is imperative that a thorough national enquiry be conducted.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that the members in Parliament assembled will press for the long awaited Enquiry into Public Libraries throughout Australia with the utmost pf urgency, and your Petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray. by Mr Oldmeadow.

Petition received.







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