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The Hon Julia Gillard MP
Prime Minister of Australia
Parliament House, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2600, Australia
Dear Prime Minister Gillard,
As someone concerned about the future of Australia's marine life, I write to ask you to protect a part of your country that makes it such a special place to visit.
Despite being one of the most significant marine environments in the world, stretching from the tropical seas of the north to the Antarctic ice-shelves of the south, less than 5% of Australia's marine environment is protected in marine sanctuaries.
Australians are known round the world for their strong connection to the ocean. With such rich and precious marine life, Australia - and the Rudd Government - has an opportunity to show global leadership as stewards of the sea.
Australia is internationally renowned for its beautiful white beaches, its high quality seafood, its unforgettable coastal holidays, and some of the best diving and water sports in the world. This is what it means to be Australian - no wonder people come in their millions from around the world to experience it.
I understand that your Government is currently considering the future of the globally significant waters off Australia's South West corner. There, up to 90% of the marine life is found nowhere else in the world, but less than 1% is protected in marine sanctuaries.
I ask you to support the creation of large marine sanctuaries in Australian waters, starting in the incredible South West marine region. These 'National Parks in the sea' would protect marine life, help replenish fish stocks, and secure Australia's global reputation as responsible stewards of the sea.
I look forward to your reply.
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