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Tuesday, 28 April 1987
Page: 1940

(Question No. 1625)

Senator Brownhill asked the Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce, upon notice, on 19 February 1987:

(1) What progress has been made in the case involving the 2 people apprehended in a bird smuggling attempt.

(2) Is it a fact that the case is now before the Director, Public Prosecutions; if so, when are charges to be formally laid; if no charges are laid, why not. (See answer to Question on Notice No. 1446, Hansard, 9 December 1986 p. 3655)

Senator Button —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) A prosecution brief has been prepared by the Australian Customs Service and after consideration by the Director of the Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service, has been forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions in respect of certain alleged offences under the Wildlife Protection (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Act 1982. Consideration by the Quarantine Service of offences alleged in the prosecution brief against the Quarantine Act 1908 is not yet complete.