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Tuesday, 4 December 1973
Page: 4255


Mr EDWARDS (Berowra) - The purposes of the Customs Bill 1973 is to amend a section of the existing Customs Act which exempts from Customs control produce of the sea brought into Australian ports by Australian shipping. In order for the Government to accede to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna, it is necessary to amend the present exemption and in effect to make provision for the Department of Customs and Excise to exercise some control in respect of species specified in this Convention that may be endangered species of wild fauna and flora. But it is only such species to which the waiver of the exemption is sought or proposed by the Government. The Government does not suggest that the provision in the Customs Act which exempts from Customs supervision produce of the sea brought into Australian ports in Australian ships be waived except in respect of species endangered or considered to be endangered under this Convention.

The purpose of the Opposition amendment is to underline that this is the intention of the Government. The intention of the Government is only that the possibility of Customs oversight and control be extended to species specified in this Convention. The amendment proposes to insert after 'produce of the sea': specified in the Convention on International Trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora-

The wording of the amendment then continues as the wording provided in the Bill and then adds at the end of the proposed sub-section, in order that people shall know where they stand on this matter:

The regulations shall specify those species of wild fauna and flora which are applicable to the provisions of the Convention on International Trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora.

I hope that the regulations will be couched in good plain Australian because, when I looked up this Convention and tried to read it through and understand the species, I was simply floored by the Latin. I managed to detect certain species of whales but not the sorts that are permitted to be hunted under the provisions of the International Whaling Commission. The purpose of the Opposition's amendment is to give effect to what we understand is the Government's intention, but hopefully to limit the powers sought within that compass.







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