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Tuesday, 4 May 1965
Page: 549

Senator ANDERSON - I think the first thing that must be realised is that we live under a Federal system and that the States have certain sovereign powers. The States exercise control over internal matters associated with fauna and flora. The customs power relates only to exports. As I have already indicated in reply to Senator Wedgwood's question, that power is applied very strictly. I exercise a very strict control over the export of fauna and will allow export only in bona fide cases such as the sending of specimens from zoo to zoo. A certain amount of research must be done first to satisfy my officers that the zoo seeking fauna is a proper zoo and that the fauna will not be used for commercial purposes. As the pamphlet which has been incorporated in " Hansard " indicates, I also insist upon very strict measures covering the transit of fauna. As I have said, internal management is a matter for the States.

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