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Tuesday, 19 November 1974
Page: 2467

Senator MULVIHILL (NEW SOUTH WALES) -I present the following petition from 369 citizens of Australia:

To the Honourable the President and Members of the Senate iti Parliament assembled. The petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth:

The Red Kangaroo, largest marsupial in the world, has through shooting for commerce become extinct or rare in many areas where it was once prolific. All scientific evidence points to this decimation of numbers, which is clear evidence that State Governments are unable to control commercial shooting within their boundaries.

The people of Australia do not wish to subsidize the kangaroo industry, through taxation, in paying for the control measures which it calls for. We find the industry repugnant, unnecessary, and benefits but a few people in this country, whereas live kangaroos in their natural habitat, through their value as tourist attractions are economically far more profitable to our economy and to us aesthetically.

We your petitioners, therefore humbly pray that you will:

(   1 ) Maintain the ban on the export of products made from kangaroos.

(2)   Encourage State Governments to have any necessary culling of wild animals carried out by their own fauna officers.

(3)   Establish large sanctuaries in the habitat of the Red and other species of kangaroo. This would benefit all wildlife in those areas.

(4)   Provide for scientific research into populations of kangaroos and other wildlife.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

Petition received and read.

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