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Wednesday, 21 November 1973
Page: 3661


Dr Cairns (LALOR, VICTORIA) (Minister for Overseas Trade) - The Minister for Customs and Excise has provided the following information for answer to the honourable member's question:

Export of live turtles is prohibited unless the consent of the Minister for Customs and Excise is first obtained. As is the case with all Australian native fauna, permission is usually only granted for export to approved zoos and scientific institutions.

At the present time the export of turtle meat is not subject to the provisions of the Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations but I understand that State legislation prevents the taking of turtles, except under licence in Queensland and Western Australia and an ordinance provides a similar control in respect of Northern Territorial waters. I gather that no licences have been issued for some time.

I should mention that the export of turtle meat is subject to the provisions of the Exports (Fish) Regulations administered by the Department of Primary Industry; this is essentially a quality control.

A close watch of developments in this area is being maintained with a view to establishing whether any additional controls under the Customs Act are justified.







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