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Tuesday, 8 May 1984
Page: 1772

(Question No. 793)


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

(1) Has the Wildlife Protection (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Act 1982, passed by the Australian Parliament and assented to on 31 December 1982, not yet been proclaimed or come into operation; if not, why not.

(2) Did the Australian Government in its submission to the United States Fish and Wildlife Services seeking the continued commercial importation into the United States of America of the Red, Eastern Grey and Western Grey Kangaroos and their parts and products rely on the Wildlife Protection (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Act 1982 as 'legislation to consolidate, and strengthen arrangements for the protection of Australian wildlife' while failing to disclose that the said Act is not in operation.


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

(1) The Act has been proclaimed and will come into effect on 1 May 1984.

(2) As part of the Australian Government submission of November 1982 it was indicated that the Wildlife Protection (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Bill had been introduced into Parliament.