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Thursday, 27 November 1986
Page: 3831


Mr WEST (Minister for Housing and Construction)(10.50) —I move:

That the amendments be agreed to.

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and Environment (Mr Cohen) has asked me to make this contribution on his behalf. The amendments proposed in the Bill can be grouped into four categories: Firstly, to make controls on export and import of certain wildlife more appropriate to their status and the circumstances under which they enter trade; secondly, to simplify and improve administrative procedures which have proved in practice to be unnecessarily complex; thirdly, to clarify and tighten certain enforcement provisions; and, fourthly, to increase protection for those who provide information leading to the institution of proceedings under the Act.

After the Bill was passed in the House of Representatives, the Government became aware of an omission from clause 16 which could be interpreted as enabling multiple transaction permits for the export of live native vertebrates, for example, koalas. This is clearly not the Government's intent. Controls over the export of live native vertebrates will not be relaxed. To remove any doubt about the Government's policy on the export of live native animals and to make it clear that this provision is intended to be consistent with existing provisions of the Act regulating the export of live native vertebrates, a Government amendment to clause 16 of this Bill was introduced into the other place. The amendment makes multiple transaction permits unavailable for the export of live native vertebrates other than fish.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Resolution reported; report adopted.