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Wednesday, 22 March 1972
Page: 783


Senator MULVIHILL asked the Minis ter representing the Minister for the Interior, upon notice:

(1)   Did a film company involved in cigarette advertising enter any Northern Territory reservation to enact buffalo hunting;if so, (a) what was the film company, and for which cigarette company was it operating, and (b) what fee was imposed upon the film company for the facilities provided.

(2)   If such a film was produced on private property in the Northern Territory, what safeguards were imposed in order to avoid cruelty to the buffaloes.


Senator COTTON - The Minister for the Interior has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(l)   and (2) Under the provisions of the Wildlife Conservation and Control Ordinance persons entering wildlife sanctuaries in the Northern Territory must have a permit issued by the Chief Inspector of Wildlife. Buffaloes are partly pro tected animals under the Wildlife Conservation and Control Ordinance and, as such, can only be taken or killed under a permit issued by the Chief Inspector of Wildlife.

No permits have been issued by the Chief Inspector to any film company to enter wildlife sanctuaries, nor did he issue permits to kill or to take buffaloes for the purpose, of filming.







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