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Friday, 15 June 1984
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(Question No. 795)


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

(1) Does the quota for slaughter of kangaroos in 1984 of 1,988,000 kangaroos mean no real reduction in the numbers previously slaughtered.

(2) Why has no account been taken of the severe reduction in the kangaroo population caused by the drought.

(3) Is there substantial killing of kangaroos taking place in Australia over and above the quotas set.

(4) Has the Australian Government any reliable information as to the extent of such illegal killings; if so, what is this information.


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

(1) Each year quotas of animals that may be culled are set after discussions with the State wildlife authorities. The quotas may be varied as conditions change. In 1983 the quotas were set at 3.143 million but, due to seasonal conditions, the actual numbers culled, although final figures are not yet available, is expected to be just under two million.

This year, the figure for culling has been set, after population assessment, at 1.98 million, similar to the actual number culled in 1983. This figure has been arrived at after taking into account the present estimated population of kangaroos, current, mostly improved, conditions throughout the nation and the likely state during the rest of this year.

Should there be any significant change, the quotas can be varied to take account of these changes.

(2) See (1) above.

(3) Some illegal killing of kangaroos occurs but the extent of this is unknown. However, illegal killing has no bearing on cull quotas. They are set by assessing the population at the time.

(4) See (3) above.