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Tuesday, 14 February 2017
Page: 801


Senator McGRATH (QueenslandAssistant Minister to the Prime Minister) (15:42): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Is leave granted? Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator McGRATH: The government acknowledges the Bathurst community and the way in which they responsibly manage their regional affairs. The national population of kangaroos is in the order of 50 million. Reports are that the cost to the Bathurst council to move 150 kangaroos is in excess of $50,000. The government does not agree that nonlethal approaches are best for all communities. Rural and urban communities across Australia appropriately manage kangaroo populations according to their local circumstances for crop protection, human safety on roads and meat production. The government sets robust standards for the humane and hygienic culling of kangaroos for management or processing. Local authorities must abide by these standards while ensuring the wellbeing of their communities and environment.

Question agreed to.