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Tuesday, 8 May 1984
Page: 1773

(Question No. 794)

Senator Missen asked the Minister representing the Minister for Home Affairs and Environment, upon notice, on 3 April 1984:

(1) Is Film Australia, which is financed by the Australian Government, currently producing a film allegedly presenting a comprehensive analysis of the current kangaroo management situation in Australia.

(2) Is the production concentrating on personalities involved in the kangaroo controversy and designed as propaganda to serve the interests of the industry engaged in the commercial slaughter of kangaroos.

(3) Why is taxpayers' money being spent on biased propaganda activities.

Senator Ryan —The Minister for Home Affairs and Environment has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) The Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service has commissioned Film Australia to make a film dealing with kangaroos. Film Australia has researched and scripted the film but it is not yet in production.

(2) No. The film is intended to provide viewers with an understanding of the status of kangaroos in Australia and to show all facets of kangaroo management with the objective of providing factual, unbiased information enabling informed discussion on this difficult issue. The film will attempt to present all points of view, including those of persons opposed to the harvesting of kangaroos.

(3) See (2) above.