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Wednesday, 13 May 1970

Mr FOX (Henty) - I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move:

1.   That a Select Committee be appointed to inquire into and report upon:

(a)   The need for an urgent and comprehensive survey of wildlife populations including birds, mammals of the land and water, and reptiles, and their ecology to enable conservation measures to be effectively applied to threatened species;

(b)   the adequacy of the several systems of national parks, reserves, etc., of the States and Territories to ensure that at least minimum areas of the major animal habitats and the wildlife of the continent are preserved, held securely, and are properly managed in the national interest;

(c)   the effects of pollution and the widespread use of pesticides on wildlife population;

(d)   the effect on the population of kangaroos of the trade in meat and hides and the effect of other industrial exploitation on wildlife;

(e)   the need for international and interstate agreements for the effective conservation of migratory animals; (0 the threat presented to wildlife by the large numbers of domestic animals gone wild, particularly in Northern Australia; and

(g)   the need for a Commonwealth wildlife conservation authority.

2.   That the committee recognise the control in these matters exercised by the States and seek their co-operation in all relevant aspects.

3.   That the committee consist of 7 members, 4 to be appointed by the Prime Minister and 3 to be appointed by the Leader of the Opposition

4.   That every appointment of a member of the committee be forthwith notified in writing to the Speaker.

5.   That the Chairman be appointed by the Prime Minister.

6.   That the Chairman have a deliberative vote and, in the event of an equality of votes, also have a casting vote.

7.   That the Chairman of the committee may from time to time appoint another member of the committee to be Deputy Chairman, and that the member so appointed act as Chairman of the committee at any time when the Chairman is nol present at a meeting of the committee.

8.   That the Deputy Chairman, when acting as Chairman, have a deliberative vote and, in the event of an equality of votes, also have a casting vote.

9.   That the committee have" power to send for persons, papers and records, and to move from place to place.

10.   That the committee report to the House as soon as possible.

11.   That the foregoing provisions of this resolution, so far as they are inconsistent with the Standing Orders, have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the Standing Orders.

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